Fwd: The REVU upgrade thread

Jonathan Marsden jmarsden at fastmail.fm
Sun Jul 27 02:34:10 BST 2008

Michael Casadevall wrote:

> As we al know, REVU historically has required you to join
> revu-uploaders, and then hunt down an admin to get your key synced or
> updated, which I always felt was klunky, and rather clumsy way to do
> things. Now that REVU uses Launchpad IDs, it also grabs and
> imports/updates GPG keys as needed on each login from the individual
> users page, which I find is a much sleeker solution.

Definitely :-)  Sleeker still would be to also do the import/update of 
GPG key upon an upload using dput, so that attempted uploads from 
newcomers "just work" rather than being rejected with no clear 
notification to the uploader. See LP: #250164 .  More generally, making 
it easier for newcomers who want to contribute to the bug fixing and 
packaging process like this is IMO well worth the effort; current 
barriers to entry are somewhat high.

>  It was pointed out to me though that having revu-uploaders though
>  allows people to see how you have to be a member of a special group
>  to commit to the archive.

Could the REVU login code query LP to determine "is this person a member 
of revu-uploaders", and if the answer is no, display something to the 
user who is attempting to log in, asking them to please subscribe to 
that group (maybe include a direct subscribe link to it, even)?  This 
way, you would get the best of both worlds: only one login to manage, no 
manual keyring sync delays, *and* a "special group" for REVU uploaders, 
for those who feel that has value.

>  This skin is still a work in progress (and a tan option will be made
>  available soon wish).

The colour is less critical (to me) than the overall layout and 
information being presented.  I think the new skin is a useful 
improvement; I also think you'll meet resistance unless you soon give 
people a way to set a preference for their REVU skin (theme) of choice.

Good work!


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