[pkg-php-pear] Orphaning php-codesniffer, then take it over by the PHP PEAR team

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Wed May 30 09:11:51 UTC 2012

On 12-05-30 at 11:30am, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> We aren't kicking him, we want to have the package team maintained. 
> He's fine to come and join!

You want to play by your rules (file), not his. That's kicking to me.

> This doesn't really qualify for an NMU, nor does the upgrade to the 
> latest upstream version.

*nothing* qualifies for a hijacking.

With hijacking I mean disrespectful takeover.

Either respect maintainership by only NMUing, or respectfully resolve 
with the Debian community that the current maintainer is unfit for the 
task.  You do the latter but instead of the normal use of MIA tracking 
you use Debian freeze as argument for swift takeover. I find it not 
respectful to rush processing like that!

I am not at all surprised that this is yet another sponsored package 
bit-rotting. Personally I never liked how we allow maintainer to be 
someone not in Debian: There is too great a risk of drive-by 
contributions :-(

...but we should not improve quality of packages by relaxing the respect 
of the maintainer. We should hold maintainers responsible to their 
actions - and that is only really possible to do with "social pride" 
which is lacking when maintainer is outside of Debian.

 - Jonas

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