On Thu, 26 Dec 2019 at 11:42, Todd Zullinger <tmz(a)pobox.com> wrote:
Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
> I think I'm still not getting my point across. It might be convenient
> to have a centralised place for users to request packages, and
> currently there isn't (you've mentioned a Wiki page several times but
> not provided a URL, so maybe this already exists and I don't know about
> it). Nothing would constitute an obligation of course, but
> devels/packagers looking for interesting projects could perhaps use
> such a list to get some ideas. That's all.
Most developers/packagers are already overworked, so are looking
for ways to reduce workloads, not increase them. Developers and
packagers are a scarce resource, so it is in the interest of the user
community to avoid adding to their workloads.
The wiki page is:
FWIW, I do think it's better to spend time helping folks who
want to see something packaged to learn how to package.
Then they can scratch their own itch. And we'll have
someone maintaining the package that actually uses it.
I've seen folks get involved and take on large amounts of
packages which they don't really use and it often leads to
that person becoming overloaded. Then they either suffer
themselves or the packages they maintain suffer. Neither is
an ideal outcome for the maintainer, the users, nor Fedora.
There have been many problems stemming from maintainers
who don't actually use the packages and aren't following forums
where bugs/features in the packages are discussed. When users
learn how to package apps they gain a better grasp of the issues
faced by maintainers.
Users who do attempt to package an app will generally find
it easy to get help because people recognize the importance
of bringing in new maintainers.
George N. White III