[aur-dev] [PATCH 1/4] remove submitter from package data

elij elij.mx at gmail.com
Wed May 11 15:00:50 EDT 2011

On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 1:48 PM, elij <elij.mx at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 7:11 AM, Lukas Fleischer
>> <archlinux at cryptocrack.de> wrote:
>>> On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 09:01:27PM -0700, elij wrote:
>>>> ---
>>>>  web/html/pkgsubmit.php       |    3 +--
>>>>  web/lib/pkgfuncs.inc         |   10 +---------
>>>>  web/template/pkg_details.php |   11 -----------
>>>>  3 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 22 deletions(-)
>>> The submitter field proved to be useful in some cases where a package
>>> was moved from the official repos to the AUR and either turned out to be
>>> incomplete or wasn't properly removed from the official repos.
>> I guess I don't see what benefit the submitter field would have in
>> such an instance.
>> If someone moved it from the official repos to the aur, would they not
>> be the submitter and also the maintainer?
> Initially, yes. And then we all usually orphan the junk because we
> don't want it, we just put it there for postarity, so you've
> immediately lost information.
> I think it has a lot less usefulness on the web page itself (at least
> for the general public), so I wouldn't be against culling it there,
> but as far as a point of reference when trying to look at the
> packages, it makes since to keep around. It can be far different than
> what the maintainer field tells you.

Hmm. So keeping it but maybe only showing it to TU or Developer class
users may be more appropriate.

Alternatively, it almost sounds like maintainer and submitter could be
merged into an 'owner' value, and track owner history somehow (record
each change of ownership in a join table). That might add the ability
to track users that upload lots of packages, then disown them too. And
track packages with high owner turnover (may tell whether a package is
painful or burdensome to maintain).

If such a thing were implemented though, I think it should be
displayed only to TU or Developer class users. I can't see general
users finding much use for it, but I could be wrong.

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