The Smith Review Project

The Smith Review Project (SRP) has been running since April 2007. Its purpose is to review all the English texts associated with Debian packages: debconf templates, manual pages, and package descriptions. The work of the project, and any discussion about it, takes place on the Debian English localisation mailing-list.

The project is named Smith because every nice project must have a name and Smith is a commonly accepted "common name" for people in English-speaking parts of the world. It also opens possibilities to play on words with "blacksmith", "wordsmith" and the like. The project also has a three-letter acronym name (SRP) which is mandatory in Free Software projects.

The debconf templates review subproject

In short, the aim of this process is to review the debconf templates for packages that use them, based on their popcon score, and:

The packages description review subproject

In the beginning, package descriptions will be reviewed along with debconf templates. This subproject could continue later by reviewing package descriptions for the packages that don't have debconf templates.

Some work has already be done by Clément Stenac, see :

Colin Walters also wrote some guidelines which should be used as a reference by maintainers and reviewers (as Colin resigned from the project, his account was removed and these guidelines are now hosted on ChristianPerrier's home page).

The manpages review subproject

The purpose of that project is to review manual pages for Debian native packages. Manual pages for packages that have an upstream are not in the scope of this subproject.