multiple uploaders

Fabian Greffrath fabian at
Mon Jun 1 05:35:38 UTC 2015

Am Sonntag, den 31.05.2015, 08:58 -0400 schrieb Reinhard Tartler: 
> If the majority of the packages in team pkg-multimedia are effectively
> taken care of by a single person, how is that package simply not team
> maintained at all?

Not yet.

As it stands, the rule already applies to the first upload of a package
into Debian. If you don't find another uploader in the time frame
between ITP and first upload, the package has no change to be in the
team. Which is sad. I often get interested in packages after having used
them and realized their value. Having to move the package around from
collab-maint for the mere reason of adding myself as an uploader sounds
like an unnecessary entrance burden to me.

Also, being team-maintained although there is (currently) only one
active maintainer has another advantage: You get your bugs reported to
the list and thus exposed to more eyes. I often find myself reading
through bug reports for packages that I am totally not affiliated with
and tring to share my opinion. So, if your package is team-maintained,
although if you are the only active uploader, doesn't mean you are on
your own. There are always some more eyes looking at the package. At
least there is a higher chance to.

I think we should group packages in pkg-multimedia by context rather
than by number of active uploaders. If it is multimedia-related, it
should be in the team. I find this more honest than a second uploader
half-heartedly adding himself to debian/control just to get things
proceeding. And by the current rule, would libav still qualify as being
pkg-multimedia team-maintained?

- Fabian

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