[aur-general] Maintainer vs Contributor tag let's find a solution ; )

Xyne xyne at archlinux.ca
Sun Apr 5 21:39:21 EDT 2009

I think it makes the most sense to designate the person currently maintaining the package/PKGBUILD as the maintainer irrespective of that person's status in the community or the destination of the package/PKGBUILD. It immediately indicates to anyone looking at the PKGBUILD whom they should contact about updating it.

I think previous maintainers should be listed as contributors along with anyone who's contributed signficant changes to the package.

Telling people that they can't claim to be a "maintainer" of a package because they're not a dev or TU comes across the wrong way too. Just because the binary isn't hosted in the AUR doesn't mean that the work of maintaining a package (updating, responding to comments, etc) is any different than if the binary were uploaded.

Just my 2¢.

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