GLEP:41
Title:Making Arch Testers official Gentoo Staff
Version:1.1
Last-Modified:2005/09/15 21:01:51
Author:Simon Stelling <blubb at gentoo.org>,
Status:Draft
Type:Standards Track
Content-Type:text/x-rst
Created:7-Sep-2005
Post-History:15-Sep-2005

Contents

Abstract

Arch Testers should be treated as official Gentoo staff.

Motivation

Since Mike Doty (kingtaco) created an Arch Tester (AT) project in January 2005 to reduce the developer's load and the amount of open keywording bugs for the amd64 porting team, many users have volunteered to become ATs. They are doing a fair share of everyday's work to keep the amd64 and ppc trees up to date. While they spent many hours and even had to pass the staff quiz, they are currently not recognized as official members of Gentoo.

Specification

ATs should basically be treated as staff. This includes the following changes to the current situation:

Additionally, the mentoring period should be shortened to two weeks if an AT wants to take the end quiz to become a developer, assuming he has been AT for at least two weeks. The amd64 porting team has handled situations like this for a while and only made positive experiences.

Also, the idea of an arch tester as a trustful user who is able to test critical changes (such as hard masked software branches), could be expanded to other herd. These 'ATs' wouldn't be called arch testers as the 'arch' is irritating, instead, herd tester (HT) could be used.

As arch testers (and herd testers) become official staff, they should be handled by DevRel.

Backwards Compatibility

All current active arch testers should be migrated to staff.