Rahul Sundaram wrote:
We have a written down policy that specifically recommends that our
maintainers consider the issue of regressions seriously and not push
every upstream release into the updates repository
1. That policy is not mandatory, just indicative:
"These are not intended to be prescriptive rules. Package maintainers are
expected to to exercise their own common sense and good judgement."
2. That policy doesn't say that no new versions or even no feature upates
should be pushed. Quite the opposite, it says "A simple rule of thumb might
be to not push the new release unless it fixes a problem that a user has
reported or introduces a new feature that Fedora users have previously
requested." The KDE feature updates were definitely requested by our users
and they also fixed some bugs (actual BUGS, not RFEs) reported in Fedora,
(not to mention the many upstream bugs, some of which actually happen to
have been filed by Fedora users, also fixed).
3. Yes, regressions should be considered, but that's what updates-testing is
for, as is also spelled out in that policy.
So I don't see that policy as backing your claims at all.