[aur-general] Proposed rules for packages entering [community]

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Sun Nov 30 22:27:33 EST 2008

Hi all,

As part of the TU meetings it was decided to post the proposal for 
restricting packages entering [community] here for discussion before 
voting.  Here is the current wording:


*  Only "popular" packages may enter the repo, as defined by 1% usage 
from pkgstats or 10 votes on the AUR.

* Automatic exceptions to this rule are:
  - i18n packages
  - accessibility packages
  - drivers
  - dependencies, including makedeps and optdeps
  - packages that are part of a collection and are intended to be 
distributed together, provided the primary part of this collection 
satisfies the definition of popular

* Any additions not covered by the above criteria must first be proposed 
on the aur-general mailing list, explaining the reason for the exemption 
(e.g. renamed package, new package) at which point a general consensus 
from the TUs will be reached. TUs with large numbers of "non-popular" 
packages are more likely to be rejected.

* TUs are strongly encouraged to move packages they currently maintain 
from [community] if they have low usage. No enforcement will be made, 
although resigning TUs packages may be filtered before adoption can occur.

[end proposal]

So, go ahead and discuss.  Especially focus on the wording and regions 
that people would feel need clarification before I call for a formal 
vote.  In particular, I think the process for addition of packages which 
do not meet the popularity criteria needs to be defined better, so any 
ideas there would be appreciated.

Any further additions to do with cleaning the current package load in 
[community] for low usage package is a separate issue and will be 
discussed at a later date.


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