[Fedora-packaging] sponsorship needed for reviewes / fedorabugs membership

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 16:48:40 UTC 2007

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Jesse Keating wrote:
> On Wed, 05 Sep 2007 12:09:52 +0200
> Till Maas <opensource at till.name> wrote:
>> So one needs to maintain at least one package to approve a package in
>> a review, because one only gets cvsextras membership after submitting
>> a package that was approved by a sponsor? Btw. I am asking these
>> question because there is one volunteer who wants to help with
>> reviewing packages but not maintaining one and the wiki does not
>> really answer the question, whether this is possible and how he gets
>> the permission to do this.
> Technically the person would have to be sponsored.  Right now the only
> documented way to get sponsored is to bring a new package to the
> party.  However the tool will allow somebody to apply for cvsextras and
> somebody else to approve them, without a new package being involved.
> We just don't have any written guidelines on allowing this to happen.
If this person is willing to put up with a certain amount of hassle
because they'd be the guinea pig case, we do have to get to the point
where we have other routes to sponsorship besides maintaining packages.
 Reviewing packages is a relatively easy test of this, since current
maintainers are expected to show they understand the guidelines through

There have been the beginnings of proposals for this kind of thing
before but they've all tended to stall.  I think they attempt to be too
general and too big.  We need to start small by extending the current
policy on sponsorship to a few other groups (in this case, review-only)
and see what we learn from doing that.

This is a topic for fesco and fedora-devel rather than the packaging
committee, though.  I'd say start a discussion and proposal on
fedora-devel and then get it added to the fesco meeting agenda.

- -Toshio
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