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27 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">41</td>
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29 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Making Arch Testers official Gentoo Staff</td>
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35 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Simon Stelling &lt;blubb&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;, Homer Parker &lt;hparker&#32;&#97;t&#32;gentoo.org&gt;</td>
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43 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">7-Sep-2005</td>
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51 <p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
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53 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
54 <li><a class="reference" href="#status" id="id3" name="id3">Status</a></li>
55 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id4" name="id4">Motivation</a></li>
56 <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id5" name="id5">Specification</a></li>
57 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id6" name="id6">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
58 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id7" name="id7">Copyright</a></li>
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62 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
63 <p>Arch Testers should be treated as official Gentoo staff.</p>
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66 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="status" name="status">Status</a></h1>
67 <p>Rejected by the Gentoo Council on 13 Oct. 2005. This GLEP may be resubmitted
68 if the issues brought up in the council meeting,
69 <a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/council/meeting-logs/20051013.txt">http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/council/meeting-logs/20051013.txt</a>,
70 are addressed in a new version of this GLEP.</p>
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73 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
74 <p>Since Mike Doty (kingtaco) created an Arch Tester (AT) project in January 2005
75 to reduce the developer's load and the amount of open keywording bugs for the
76 amd64 porting team, many users have volunteered to become ATs. They are doing
77 a fair share of everyday's work to keep the amd64 and ppc trees up to date.
78 While they spent many hours and even had to pass the staff quiz, they are
79 currently not recognized as official members of Gentoo.</p>
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82 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="specification" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
83 <p>ATs should basically be treated as staff. This includes the following changes
84 to the current situation:</p>
85 <ul class="simple">
86 <li>Get a &#64;(subdomain_to_be_determined).gentoo.org email address. The email
87 address will just be an alias, and will be forwarded to their &#64;gentoo.org
88 address if they go on to become a Gentoo developer.</li>
89 <li>Get read-only access to the gentoo-x86 repository. This doesn't have to be
90 individual accounts, a single account, without a shell, with all of their
91 keys will be sufficiant.</li>
92 </ul>
93 <p>There will be a 30 day probationary/mentoring period for new ATs.The lead AT/HT
94 for arch/herd will be responsible for the mentoring period. If arch/herd
95 doesn't have a Lead AT/HT, then either the arch/herd lead or the Strategic AT
96 Lead will be responsible. The Lead AT is a seasoned developer that watches for talent,
97 recruits and mentors ATs. Additionally, the mentoring period should be shortened
98 to a minimum of two weeks if an AT wants to take the end quiz to become a developer,
99 assuming he has been AT for at least two weeks. The amd64 porting team has handled
100 situations like this for a while and only made positive experiences.</p>
101 <p>Also, the idea of an arch tester as a trustworthy user who is able to test
102 critical changes (such as hard masked software branches), could be expanded
103 to other herds. These 'ATs' wouldn't be called arch testers as the 'arch' is
104 irritating, instead, herd tester (HT) could be used.</p>
105 <p>As arch testers (and herd testers) become official staff, they should be
106 handled by DevRel.</p>
107 <p>Since ATs don't want to have to handle the big 'communication overhead'
108 normally, they won't be subscribed to the gentoo-core mailing list and won't
109 be able to vote.</p>
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112 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
113 <p>All current active arch testers should be migrated.</p>
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116 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
117 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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