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Re: Package review backlog.

Chuck Anderson wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 05:06:27PM +0200, Christoph Wickert wrote:
>>> http://fedoraproject.org/PackageReviewStatus/NEW.html
>>> is perhaps the easiest.
>> I know this one, but this page also returns reviews that are already
>> assigned. And if somebody assigns a review to himself I assume that he's
>> doing it.
> I would like to help with reviews.  I'm not sponsored yet, but have 
> several of my own review requests that have NEEDSPONSOR [1] [2] [3].  
> Is it useful for me to review other packages in the queue?

Yes.  It will help get you sponsored faster as it will show that you
understand the packaging guidelines and any bugs that you find and the
packager addresses will help whoever approves the package in the end (it
might even be you when you get sponsored).

>  What about Merge Reviews?

Theoretically yes.  The problem I have seen with merge reviews, though
is that the packager has no reason to respond to the reviewer.  So
sometimes the merge reviews progress like any other review and things
are great.  Other times, the package owner is unresponsive and you are
left wondering why you've gotten no response.

This is something we may have to address with ideas specifically
targeted at them.  Doing important merge reviews first, then blocking
the rest of the unreviewed packages until they've finished review.
Creating a list of merge reviews at the start of a Fedora release cycle
that are going to be release blockers and alerting the package
maitnainers that the merge review for that package has to be resolved as
a high priority.  I'm sure there's other, better, ideas out there as
well :-)

>  Given that I'm not sponsored, should I take ownership 
> of the package review requests, or just do initial reviews without 
> taking ownership?  Obviously, I don't think I can set the 
> fedora-review flag yet.
You probably should not take ownership.  However, I know that some
sponsors will review the review work you've done, sponsor you, and have
you finish up the review of the packages yourself.


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