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From: Piotr Karbowski <slashbeast@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-project] Re: [gentoo-dev-announce] call for agenda items for 2020-01-12 council meeting
Date: Sun, 05 Jan 2020 14:55:28
In Reply to: [gentoo-project] call for agenda items for 2020-01-12 council meeting by William Hubbs
1 Hi,
3 On 30/12/2019 00.30, William Hubbs wrote:
4 > All,
5 >
6 > the Gentoo Council will meet on 2020-01-12 at 19:00 utc in the
7 > #gentoo-council channel on freenode.
8 >
9 > Please reply to this message with any items you would like us to add
10 > to the agenda.
12 I'd like to request Council to define rules regarding maintainership
13 boundaries and provide guidance regarding under what conditions one is
14 allowed to make changes to packages that are by metadata.xml maintained
15 by another party.
17 The current situation is land of undefined rules and double standards
18 under disguise of 'common sense'. Although it does work for most part,
19 it's not uncommon to come across people that are overly territorial,
20 treating Gentoo packages as their own personal property, who openly
21 prohibit others from joining them as maintainers on packages, with the
22 solo reasoning that they feel territorial and do not want others
23 touching it.
25 This leads to a situations, where some bugs reported on bugzilla are not
26 fixed in timely fashion, even when there are other developers that are
27 willing to fix those bugs and deal with whatever aftermath of doing
28 those changes would bring.
30 Because those rules are unsanctioned, we have land of middle
31 inconvenience where one can never be sure if by declaring maintainer
32 fimeout and fixing a bug would not bring ComRel on him, for touching the
33 package one does not maintain. By defining rules and guidelines, it
34 would greatly benefit Gentoo as a whole as well as reduce the
35 frustration that come from dealing with people who are gate keeping
36 while being unable to provide a valid reason why they do not want anyone
37 toucing their property.
39 -- Piotr.


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