Are there any guidelines (specific to Qubes OS) on installation from a tarball?

I am asking since the guidelines for installing software
assume existence of rpm or deb packages.  They do not shed light on the 
from a tarball.  It is not clear, whether any extra steps should be taken.

I wonder how people cope with this situation.  For instance:

1) Do you vet the software installer code before running it?
2) Do you update the list of available applications in dom0?

3) Do you assemble RPM (from a tarball) to avoid the hassles 1) and 2) ?

4) From the trust point of view, do you prefer to build binaries from the 

   because (hypothetical reason):
   a) distributed binaries are not signed

   b) to make sure the software is linked to trusted libraries only

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