[Brainstorm-moderators] Using Brainstorm for packaging requests

Saïvann oxmosys at gmail.com
Thu Oct 16 19:28:48 BST 2008

I agree with RainCT that brainstorm might be a very interesting way to
measure how many people are interested by new packages.

However, IMO, Launchpad is still the right place to consider packaging
requests because it also needs to be reviewed for many reasons :
  - dependencies and libraries
  - stability
  - maintainability
  - state of upstream project (active? abandoned? too young? about to

This needs to be done by packagers and developers, and a bug report is
designed to work around these elements.

Brainstorm moderation rules could perhaps be updated so packaging
requests don't get closed in the future, but I think that it's still
always necessary to have a launchpad bug report for each packaging
request. Working that way would be a good idea, in my point of view.

This way, brainstorm could be used for visibility purpose, discussion
and to measure popularity. Launchpad can be used for collaboration and
work on the package itself.


Siegfried Gevatter (RainCT) a écrit :
> Hello,
> Currently [0] requests for new packages are done on Launchpad and they
> are not allowed on Brainstorm. However, I think that this situation is
> not optimal as there's no good way to know how many people are
> interested in a package * and so if someone wants to package one of
> those requested applications he has no clue on which of them are the
> most popular.
> I suggests that Brainstorm becomes the preferres place instead. Here
> are some advantages that this would have:
>  - Option to vote +1/0/-1 for the idea, and to suggest alternative
> applications which do the same task **.
>  - Place to comment without polluting the Launchpad bug.
>  - All requests reviewed by a moderator **.
>  - It's the obvious place for them ("package X" is an idea, isn't it? :)).
> [0] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment/NewPackages
> * Okay, there will be a "also affects me" count in the future (right
> now you can mark a bug as affecting you, but there's no place where
> the count of affected people is visible), but still, Brainstorm is
> more adequate and has more visibility than Launchpad (and nice banners
> to make requests more popular).
> ** With the new version of Brainstorm, which will get online once the
> Canonical sysadmins get time to update it. Preview here:
> http://devel.ideatorrent.org/.

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