The following is a small blurb which we would like the council to decide
on at their next meeting. This came about after discussions with QA team
members, the Devrel QA liaison, and a few council members. If anyone
has any suggestions for how it could be improved, I'd appreciate it.
Yes, Gentoo is supposed to be fun, but we also have a responsibility to our
users to ensure we are providing them with the best possible distro we
can. We are not out to get anyone, and hope that we never have to do
anything except ask you to fix the problem we have found.
And here is the document:
* The QA team's purpose is to provide cross-herd assistance in keeping
the tree in a good state. This is done primarily by finding and pointing
out issues to maintainers and, where necessary, taking direct action.
* The QA team may also offer to fix obvious typos and similar minor
issues, and silence from the package maintainers can be taken as agreement in
* In case of emergency, or if package maintainers refuse to cooperate,
the QA team may take action themselves to fix the problem.
* In the event that a developer still insists that a package does not
break QA standards, an appeal can be made at the next council meeting. The
package should be dealt with per QA's request until such a time that a
decision is made by the council.
* In the case of disagreement on policy among QA members, the majority
of established QA members must agree with the action.
* Just because a particular QA violation has yet to cause an issue does
not change the fact that it is still a QA violation.
* If a particular developer persistently causes breakage, the QA team
may request that devrel re-evaluates that developer's commit rights.
Evidence of past breakages will be presented with this request to
* The QA team will maintain a list of current "QA Standards". The list
is not meant by any means to be a comprehensive document, but rather a
dynamic document that will be updated as new problems are discovered.
Mark Loeser - Gentoo Developer (cpp gcc-porting qa toolchain x86)
email - halcy0n AT gentoo DOT org
mark AT halcy0n DOT com
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