Hi, 2009/5/4 Thomas Sachau <to...@gentoo.org> >[snip] > For those, who can work with IRC and are interested in working with ebuilds, > there is already an option: > > Join #gentoo-dev-help or even better #gentoo-sunrise and read the > documentation from the topic. The > Sunrise Overlay (with the #gentoo-sunrise IRC channel) is open for everyone > willing to learn and > contribute to it. Even normal users can get access, learn how to create > ebuilds, how to improve them > and how to maintain them. > As a starting point, this is a central overlay, where ebuilds are maintained, > that dont get a > developer as maintainer because of missing manpower. Additionally, all > contributors learn the ebuild > development work themselves.
I think these are really good advise but I think we could improve the way users can help concerning maintainer-needed packages. dirtyepic made a funny entry on his blog  and darkside tried also to do something , but it seems to me that this alias is a black hole. For instance, the last bugday I tried to close some bugs. Some one them were assigned to maintainer-needed@, so I said on #gentoo-bugs that I've updated those bugs. Sometimes, a dev was watching and the issue was closed, but for others I have still no comments (Ok. I'm too impatient, but I'm not really confident. But some devs can still surprise me ;-) ) I fully understand that looking at this type of bug is hard and boring. On the other hand, I know some devs who are willing to help and check patches. Since I don't think it would be a good practise to savagely CC' them, I propose to add a bug-with-patch alias or something like that. Cheers, -- Olivier Huber