[aur-dev] AUR bad package moderation queue

Lukas Fleischer archlinux at cryptocrack.de
Tue Jun 21 09:50:52 EDT 2011

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 08:25:11PM -0500, Dan McGee wrote:
> We now have 29998 packages and counting in the AUR, of which 8122 have
> never been updated since initial upload, and I would guess another
> 8000 are also steaming piles of...something.
> My suggestion is a moderation deletion/cleanup queue that is visible
> only to Trusted Users to prevent the public from seeing it as a
> numbers game, and to prevent abuse. It would work as follows:
> 1. Package pages get a "Flag as Sh*t" (or equivalent) button,
> available to all logged in users. Perhaps there is a "reason" box.
> 2. Users start flagging packages. Whether a package has been flagged
> or not is not visible to anyone except TUs.
> 3. These flaggings are tracked and a TU moderation page is available
> for perusal. Heading the list are packages that got the most bad votes
> in descending order. Next might be those packages that have never been
> updated.
> 4. TUs can then review, on their own time, these bad packages. From
> there, they can do one of three things: a) delete it on the spot, b)
> comment and suggest improvements and delay the decision, or c) mark
> the package as non-sh*t, which will prevent the package from being
> flagged again for a 3-6 month span.
> Thoughts? The only goal here is to make the AUR more usable and not
> have to wade through old/outdated/less than well built packages.

Sounds like a good idea, yeah. There already is a similar request in our
bug tracker [1], even though your proposal goes one step further.
Basically, +1 from me :)

[1] https://bugs.archlinux.org/task/18829

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