On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Jeremy Olexa <darks...@gentoo.org> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM, Doug Goldstein <car...@gentoo.org> wrote:
> > I'm wondering what exactly is the harm in letting developers idle for a
> > while? While they might not be actively committing they are still
> > knowledgeable people that are just as capable as everyone else to push in
> a
> > fix for small packages. There's lots of bugs in bugzilla with items that
> > just need someone active to commit them. There's even a lot of these
> items
> > are filed by retired Gentoo developers who could have easily pushed this
> fix
> > for all users. The fact that someone only does one commit a year does not
> > marginalize their contribution. While it may be small it is improving the
> > overall quality of the distro. I'm constantly seeing developers getting
> > upset over getting pushed out.
> The problem comes when $idle_dev has XX bugs assigned to them and they
> don't get resolved and no one else knows that there are issues. Then
> users get the attitude that they shouldn't even file bugs because no
> one fixes them and they just sit there.
> So, I agree with you as long as $idle_dev doesn't pretend to maintain
> packages and the team that they belong to doesn't consist of people of
> the same activity level. (rendering the team useless too).
> 2 cents,
> -Jeremy
So let's re-assign the bugs to m-needed and not nuke the person.

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