On 8/18/20 8:05 AM, Joonas Niilola wrote:
> Hey,
> some of you may already have seen the new packages.gentoo.org page,
>   https://packages.gentoo.org/
> and the new maintainer pages in it,
>   https://packages.gentoo.org/maintainers
> If you open a maintainer page,
>   https://packages.gentoo.org/maintainer/juip...@gentoo.org
> you can see a tab called "pull requests" there,
>   https://packages.gentoo.org/maintainer/juip...@gentoo.org/pull-requests
> with description saying:
> "If you also like to help the Gentoo project, you can consider sending a
> Pull Request via GitHub.
> Before doing so, you might want to take a look at the wiki page."
> I'm suggesting of adding a new metadata flag to our Wiki's
> User:/Project: page which then prints a message to this page saying
> whether the maintainer (be it project or user), "accepts" or "deals
> with" Github contributions. The wording can be a bit better, but it'd be
> there to **notify** our **contributors** whether their time and effort
> will most likely be wasted making a pull request for this particular
> maintainer.
> This note would then be displayed in every package the maintainer is
> assigned to,
>   https://packages.gentoo.org/packages/media-libs/rlottie/pull-requests
> I'd imagine a simple switch in Wiki could do it. No need to add anything
> to ::gentoo repo. The switch can be visible in User:/Project: page, but
> it doesn't have to. Unspecified metadata flag would print something like
> "This maintainer hasn't specified whether they handle Github pull
> requests. If you wish to help using Github, please also open a bug prior
> to that and link your pull request commit to that bug (add link to
> glep-66 here)". Or just default it to "No."
> Note that the bug text could always be displayed nevertheless, since
> that is still the main channel to communicate with maintainers.
> It's undeniable we get a lot of pull requests and unfortunate that many
> are left without any attention to rot.
>   https://github.com/gentoo/gentoo/pulls
> I think this would serve both parties - devs and contributors, with
> little to no cost.
> -- juippis

Personally, I'd rather see a generic package maintenance tags.
"Accepts Github PRs"
"Accepts any contribution freely"
"Accepts project member contributions"
"Accepts contributions after contact/N Week timeout"
"Accepts no contributions"
or similar

Most of my packages fall within projects that keep synchronized with
external overlays/repositories and it drives me absolutely bonkers when
someone edits my packages (contrary to Gentoo official policy) without
speaking to me first so that I can ensure the changes are replicated.
So I'd welcome something that pushes further standardization of that
preexisting policy.  Allow devs to specify when they are OK with
relaxing the existing policy, but keep it in force for those who want
and/or need it.


Adam Feldman
Gentoo Developer

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