[aur-general] About orphaning all packages of inactive users

cyberdupo56 cyberdupo56 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 19 14:54:19 EDT 2013

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 2:16 PM, Lukas Jirkovsky <l.jirkovsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> The problem is that the users don't read. It's happening all the time.
> I had a package once or twice that couldn't be updated but even though
> I stated it in the comments people were still marking it out of date.
> BTW, leaving the package as out of date is a good reminder that the
> maintainer should check if the problem was fixed every now and then.

It sounds like there are two separate problems here.  We need to
clarify what the out-of-date marker on the AUR means.  Does it mean it
is out of date with upstream, or out of date with the newest
viable/working version?  Perhaps there should be another field added,
so we can mark packages as
out-of-date-but-cannot-be-upgraded-at-this-time.  That way, if a
package is marked out-of-date but not cannot-be-upgraded with no
activity for a period of time, it should be safe to orphan after
sending a warning email.

The second problem is that users don't read.  Frankly, I don't have a
magic solution for this, but could there be a way to limit how many
times a user can mark out-of-date or a package can be marked
out-of-date until they prove their reading abilities?

Actually, a 12 or 24 hour limit between marking and unmarking out of
date for everyone except the package owner and TUs on each package
seems reasonable, now that I think about it, possibly limited to "hot"
packages for which this is a problem.

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