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From: Chris Reffett <creffett@g.o>
To: gentoo-dev@l.g.o, gentoo-dev-announce@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] January 2014 QA Policy Updates
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:47:12
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Hello all,
The new QA team has completed its first meeting, and so I would like
to announce policy changes agreed upon during the meeting which are
relevant to the developer community. In the future, when a meeting
results in changed or amended policy, we will notify the community via
- -dev and -dev-announce, so there will probably be a summary email like
this coming out about once a month. Changes to policy from this meeting:

- -USE-controlled optional RDEPENDs policy clarified to say that those
dependencies are not allowed, but QA will grant exceptions for certain
circumstances (such as a package not working unless one of a set of
optional deps is installed)

- -The QA team policymaking workflow will look like the following:
* User/dev/team member brings us an issue
* Team investigates
* Team discusses at the next meeting
** If the person is violating policy, we inform them of that and
request that they stop violating policy
** If the existing policy is unclear, we update it
** If there is no existing policy, make one
If we think a developer's actions are causing problems, we may ask
them to stop/undo pending discussion by the QA team at the next meeting.

- -Rules for the QA team editing peoples' packages:
*For trivial fixes, such as repoman errors, we fix the issue and send
the developer a friendly reminder
*For large but non-critical fixes, we open a bug, wait 2 weeks, and if
it is not fixed within that time frame we make the change.
*For critical fixes, such as a problem that breaks the tree or a
package, we fix the issue and send the developer a notice about our change

- -The QA team will communicate changes to policy via emails to
gentoo-dev and gentoo-dev-announce and by updating the QA policy page
on the Gentoo Wiki.

For anyone interested, the summary of the meeting can be found at
and the current set of QA policies can be found at If
you have any questions or concerns about these policies, feel free to
discuss them with us in #gentoo-qa or by emailing qa@g.o.

Chris Reffett
Gentoo QA Lead
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Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-dev] January 2014 QA Policy Updates Peter Stuge <peter@×××××.se>