If you're an arch tester reading this, I love you.

Your job is mostly thankless and how important it is seems relatively
un-reflected in our regular conversations, and this needs to be

Often, I see a stable request get done, and I know what got stabilized
was a monumental amount of work, and I just want to thank you for your
effort, but there isn't a good place for this.

Other times, I may want to ask questions in an informal setting, and
get an authoritative answer on what exactly you want of us as an arch

Presently, if I want to ask questions about arch testing, the only
place to do this is #gentoo-dev, or seek the mailing list like I am now.

The latter of these is a bit time consuming, and that probably
discourages participation.

And the former is not entirely useful as that's likely to get
side-tracked by all the people who don't do arch testing opining on
what to do, mostly directed by their experience with working with arch

This is not "bad" as such, but its not really an authority on arch

I believe that as arch testers, you have a right to run a channel as
you see fit, and have an authority on how it is you do what you do.

As such, I believe Arch Testers should have themselves an IRC channel,
where Arch testers are OP, and membership of arch testers is voluntary
( but encouraged ).

I myself would start such a channel, but I feel it is not my place to
found such a channel, as I'm not an arch tester, it would be wrong of
me to hold OP of such a channel: That's a right only an Arch tester
should have.

And a channel opped by and filled with Non-Arch testers on the subject
of arch-testing sounds too much like certain political problems we have

I also believe somewhat in the idea that /people who are most concerned
about an issue/ should also be the same people who /do the work to
resolve that issue/, and in that light, it is somewhat disingenuous
to constantly fret over the state of arch testing while doing little to
actually fix the problem myself.

I do have it on my TODO list to attempt rectifying this, and in a
semi-long-term view of things I might find myself doing arch testing,
but I don't think we should wait until then to have an arch-testing
channel ;)

It would also probably be useful to have such a channel for arch
testers and interested potential-arch-testers to congregate and discuss
things, so that the potentials can get a feel for the work in an
informal capacity before stepping up to take the load, and the channel
would thus also facilitate the transfer of knowledge to widen the
tester base.

( I understand people may be discussing the potential formation of an
AT mailing list/alias/project or something along those lines, but
I find such a strategy far too formal to be valuable, and much prefer
the flexibility of self-organising groups and the relaxed informality of
IRC, which typically don't need any approval to to create or infra
assistance to start )

In closing, this is a petition to somebody who is a recognised arch
tester to form a channel for this purpose, and encourage other testers
to join, and people like myself can then hop on and maybe be more
productive as a result.


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