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DEP1: who should be allowed to do QA uploads ?

On Sun, May 25, 2008 at 08:50:45AM +0200, Bas Wijnen wrote:

>  * QA upload.
> If you want to do an NMU, and it seems that the maintainer is not
> active, it is wise to check if the package is orphaned. When doing the
> first QA upload to an orphaned package, the maintainer should be set to
> Debian QA Group < packages@qa.debian.org >. Orphaned packages which did
> not have a QA upload yet still have their old maintainer set. There is a
> list of them at http://qa.debian.org/orphaned.html.

Just a thought:

IMHO it would make sense to allow teams other than QA to do QA uploads
for orphaned packages. Teams focused on a particular toolset (OCaml, perl,
TeX, kde, gnome, ...) may be better motivated to keep up a minimal
quality standard for packages using that toolset, and they may be better
skilled to do this.

Sure, every dd can do a QA upload, the advantage of having another team
being listed as maintainer would be that this team would receive all the
bug reports. The team might choose not to adopt the package in order to
make clear that the package is still orphaned.

I do not see how to accomplish this without adding a new field to the
control file, however, since currently we use maintainer=QA in order to
indicate that a package is orphaned. 


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