[pkg-go] Fwd: Updating the pkg-go Team Maintenance policy

Alexandre Viau aviau at debian.org
Wed Jan 6 16:06:18 UTC 2016

I had posted this to pkg-golang-devel, but here should be a better place.

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Subject: Updating the pkg-go Team Maintenance policy
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:38:06 -0500
From: Alexandre Viau <aviau at debian.org>
To: pkg-golang-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org

Hi team :)

I would like to propose an update to the pkg-go Team Maintenance policy.

In order to accelerate cooperation, I would like for us to be able to
upload other's packages without having to ask for permission.

The current policy states that is is strongly recommended to ask
maintainers for permission.

I propose that we change the policy like so:

- putting the team in the Maintainers field is a strong statement that
fully collaborative maintenance is preferred. Anyone can commit to the
git repository and upload as needed. A courtesy email to Uploaders can
be nice but not required.

- Team in Uploaders is a weak statement of collaboration. Help in
maintaining the package is appreciated, commits to the git repository
are freely welcomed, but before uploading, please contact the Maintainer
for the green light.

The text was copied from the Debian Python Modules Packaging Team
Policy: http://python-modules.alioth.debian.org/policy.html

This update would still provide a way for maintainers to ask for
permissions, by putting the team in Uploaders instead of Maintainers.

I personally don't care that anyone from the team uploads any of my
packages, but the current policy does not provide me with a way to
indicate that. In the past, I have slowed other people's work by taking
2-3 days to reply to a request for permission.

The downside would be that existing packages were uploaded when the
current policy was in place. So we will have to be careful for the next
few months until everyone indicates their preference by setting the
Maintainers and Uploaders field correctly.

I have attached a patch to this email.


Alexandre Viau
aviau at debian.org

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