On Fri, Aug 04, 2017 at 02:57:49PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> but regardless of
> that discussion, machine-readable team information is not something we
> have now.

Policy says that Uploaders should list all co-maintainers.

Who is considered a co-maintainer is determined by team policy or the
other maintainers.

Uploaders is machine-readable.

> We instead have a partial record of some people who have
> previously worked on the package, without much information about whether
> they're currently working on the package.

True, but the situation is actually better than for the Maintainer field.

There is a very popular (not team-maintained) package where the person 
in Maintainer is still reachable by email but hasn't uploaded since 2014,
and the last 80 uploads were made by the people in Uploaders.

For fringe leaf packages, it is perfectly possible that we might 
have people in Maintainer who died 10 years ago.

And disappearing uploaders in team maintained packages can be much 
easier solved than disappearing Maintainers in not co-maintained 
packages: The team can drop an Uploader without a 6 month MIA process.



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        of the darkness. There had been need of rain for many days.
       "Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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