Make a policy requirement that:
At least two DDs must be willing to maintain a package before it is accepted into the archive.
- If there are not at least two developers interested in the package, it should be removed from the archive (to be enforced at a certain date in the future).
- Sponsoring a package counts as a form of co-maintainership also during the NM process.
- If the group of developers for a package is not able to check up on a package (follow up in the BTS, etc) for a few weeks or months (set your favorite acceptable period of time), another co-maintainer should be found for those packages.
Last time I saw the figure quoted there were almost one thousand maintainers in Debian. It should be possible to find at least two for any package that is worthwhile including in Debian.
- Maintainers don't have to worry about their packages when they are traveling or busy.
- Allows little excuse for not closing RC bugs in a timely fashion.
Should reduce the need for NMUs.
- Promotes teamwork.
Reduces the tendency for packages to rot in the hands of a solitary maintainer. (See: ZombieMaintainer.)
- Can create problems if changes are not coordinated between the co-maintainers.
This proposal was originated by MikeFedyk.
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