Am Sat, 1 Aug 2009 23:11:51 +0200 schrieb Laszlo Papp email@example.com:
You won't lose your packages if they are updated, work fine, and you are active in Archlinux community, I think so. I've seen example for that the maintainer wasn't available anymore, and someone could adopt his package. But i accepted your mail reply, consideration, thanks again.
Best Regards, Laszlo Papp
Laszlo, this comment from Nezmer was something else, what caused my doubts about your application. This still doesn't count, because I'm still not a TU. ;-)
I don't know, what was going on there, and what you have written to Nezmer. But what Nezmer has written in this thread sounds like you just have asked him, if you could adopt one of his packages in AUR. I don't know, why you did this. But usually there is a button "Flag as out-of-date" in AUR, onto which one clicks if a package is outdated. If the maintainer doesn't update it in a reasonable time - at least one or better two or three weeks in case of vacation e.g. - then a comment can be posted in AUR. If the maintainer still doesn't respond in a reasonable time, he can be contacted by e-mail. And only if he then still doesn't respond, the TUs can be asked to orphan the package in this mailing list.
Also your answer above conveys the impression - I don't know, if it's a matter of trust -, that you think, that you are already a TU or a developer - I, of course, mean an Arch Linux developer, not a developer in general. I mean, not you, but only the TUs and of course the current maintainer decide, if a package in AUR gets orphaned.
You probably didn't mean it like that, but it's how it sounds. ;-)
So there I also have doubts, if you can deal with this correctly or if you just orphan every package, you like. Because as a TU you had the rights to orphan every package.
Regarding your other answers in your reply to my e-mail, I can tell you, that I read all your e-mails in this thread. Nevertheless I still have doubts. You theoretically can tell anything. Not meant offending.
Why are you so enthusiastic? Why do you want so absolutely become a TU? Why are you so in a hurry? Why don't you just maintain some packages in AUR as a normal user, write documentations in the Wiki, help people in the forums or do anything else, what you like to do, for Arch Linux or the community as a normal user?
In my last e-mail I spoke to the TUs, now I speak to you. I'd suggest you to do anything else, what can be done as a normal user, in the next time. Just be (an active) part of the community. Pay heed to what the TUs have written in this thread. Just clear up the doubts - of course, not aggressively like "Hey look, this is my new PKGBUILD" or by justifying yourself in e-mails. ;-) Just show, what you can do as a normal user. I think this is the best you can do, to clear up doubts.
I, of course, don't know, how the other TUs became a TU, what they have done before, how long they were using Arch Linux before becoming a TU, why they wanted to become a TU, etc. So I don't know, if I'm right with my suggestions. Maybe a TU can tell you better or more, how you can help the community and how to pioneer becoming a TU.
Just in case my impression about you is right, just be happy with what you are doing for the community as a normal user for now. Don't link it to being a TU.
But it's up to the TUs to decide about your application. These are just my thoughts after reading this thread and your answer.