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Re: What to do about negligent maintainers?

On Sat, Jan 09, 2010 at 12:26:18AM +0000, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> broonie@sirena.org.uk wrote:

> >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.

> So help him: start by sending patches to the BTS.
> If he is not replying to your enquires it is reasonable to believe that
> currently he is not working on the package either.

That works in cases where the maintainer is just having trouble keeping
up, but there are other cases where the package is frequently buggy
after maintainer uploads, or where responsiveness is very much
intermittent.  Often this seems to be another symptom of overwork but it
needs to be dealt with a little differently.

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