REVU - Cleanup of the "Needs Review" section

Reinhard Tartler siretart at
Sun Nov 2 17:49:59 GMT 2008

James Westby <jw+debian at> writes:

> I had another idea after my last mail: only open REVU for part of the 
> cycle.

I think this proposal is even more agressive and unfriendly to newcomers
than Siegfried's original one.

I translate it as: "We're sorry but we do not care about your package
this time. Please try again next time, we'll see if we care about it in
3 months".

Of course we can present it friendlier, but the general message I would
get of it would remain.

I personally see REVU as a presentation platform, not really as a
working queue. The main reason is that I don't think ubuntu needs more
and more packages, but more dedicated and active maintainers for the
software we ship. But that's just some random unrelated opinion I should
elaborate in a blog entry.

I think the key problem we are trying to solve here is prioritisation.
Sorting out packages that the packager no longer cares for is IMO a good
thing, and Siegfried's proposal catches them. Perhaps we can or should
add more ways to prioritise packages on REVU. Perhaps by linking
packages to brainstorm ideas and comparing votes there.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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