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Re: What to do about negligent maintainers?

On Thu, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:59:24PM +0100, Leo costela Antunes wrote:

> What about adding some informal rule like this to dev-ref (or wherever):
> after n unacknowledged NMUs the package may be taken over without it
> being considered a "hostile takeover", more like "updating to reflect
> the de-facto maintainer".

The trouble with an approach like that is that it doesn't provide a
clear route to dealing with situations where the maintainer is
occasionally active but not managing to keep up with things well enough
to do a good job.  It's also trying to come up with a quantative rule to
deal with what is essentially a social problem which is generally

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