I can't speak for grawlinson, but I did want to bring up a point that, off the top of my head, might be a reason for deletion requests.
In software, `alpha` is used for a release before a `beta` or a straight up release. `beta` is used in the same way, but is more tightly coupled directly behind an official release.
Most of the time, projects do the following: 1. Release alpha, get testing done. 2. Release beta, obsolete alpha, get testing done. 3. Release for real, obsolete alpha/beta which was previously released.
So, normally, alpha and beta packages are just earlier versions of their non-alpha or non-beta counterparts. What is the exact point of your `-alpha` and `-beta` packages if `makedeb` exists and can be used?