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Update GLEP48 according to the council decision on today's meeting.
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1 GLEP: 48
2 Title: QA Team's Role and Purpose
3 Version: $Revision: 1.4 $
4 Last-Modified: $Date: 2011/06/08 20:36:38 $
5 Author: Mark Loeser <halcy0n@gentoo.org>,
6 Status: Final
7 Type: Standards Track
8 Content-Type: text/x-rst
9 Created: 24 April 2006
10 Post-History: 24-Apr-2006, 5-Sep-2006, 8-Jun-2011
11
12
13 Abstract
14 ========
15
16 This GLEP outlines the abilities and purpose of the Quality Assurance team
17 for Gentoo.
18
19 Motivation
20 ==========
21
22 For years now developers have been saying how we need an empowered QA team to
23 handle problems concerning the tree. This GLEP provides the structure for
24 such a team and specifies the roles the team would fulfill.
25
26 Specification
27 =============
28
29 The QA team should be given certain abilities to look out for the best
30 interests of all developers, as well as our users. The QA team should also
31 work to ensure developers have the information they need, and that packages
32 are maintained. The QA team is also tasked with the authority to ensure
33 tree policies are respected.
34
35 * The QA team's purpose is to provide cross-team assistance in keeping the
36 tree in a good state. This is done primarily by finding and pointing out
37 issues to maintainers and, where necessary, taking direct action.
38 * The QA team is directed by a lead, chosen yearly by private or
39 public election among the members of the team. The QA team lead can
40 choose one member as a deputy. The deputy has all of his powers directly
41 delegated from the QA team lead and thus his actions and decisions should
42 be considered equal to those of the QA team lead. The deputy is directly
43 responsible only to the QA team lead.
44 * The QA team lead must approve developers who would like to join the project. The
45 applicant must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the duties he would like
46 to perform. By accepting the applicant the QA team lead will accept
47 the responsibility to direct them as part of the team and will be held
48 responsible for any action the team member takes on behalf of the QA team.
49 * In case of emergency, or if package maintainers refuse to cooperate,
50 the QA team may take action themselves to fix the problem. The QA team
51 does not want to override the maintainer's wishes by default, but only
52 wish to do so when the team finds it is in the best interest of users and
53 fellow developers to have the issue addressed as soon as possible.
54 * The QA team may also offer to fix obvious typos and similar minor issues,
55 and silence from the package maintainers can be taken as agreement in such
56 situations. Coding style issues fall under this category, and while they
57 are not severe, they can make automated checks of the tree more difficult.
58 * There will be cases when our tools are incapable of handling a certain
59 situation and policy must be broken in order to get something working
60 completely. This will hopefully not occur very often but each time it
61 does occur, the QA team and the maintainer will come to some agreement on
62 an interim solution and it is expected that a bug will be opened with the
63 appropriate team to work towards a correct solution.
64 * In the case of disagreement among QA members the majority of established
65 QA members must agree with the action. Some examples of disagreements are:
66 whether the percieved problem violates the policy or whether the solution
67 makes the situation worse.
68 * In the event that a developer still insists that a package does not break
69 QA standards, an appeal can be made at the next council meeting. The package
70 should be dealt with per QA's request until such a time that a decision is
71 made by the council.
72 * Just because a particular QA violation has yet to cause an issue does not
73 change the fact that it is still a QA violation.
74 * If a particular developer persistently causes breakage, the QA team
75 may request that devrel re-evaluates that developer's commit rights.
76 Evidence of past breakages will be presented with this request to devrel.
77 * The QA team will maintain a list of current "QA Standards" with explanations
78 as to why they are problems, and how to fix the problem. The list is not
79 meant by any means to be a comprehensive document, but rather a dynamic
80 document that will be updated as new problems are discovered. The QA team
81 will also do their best to ensure all developer tools are in line with the
82 current QA standards.
83 * The QA team will work with Recruiters to keep related documentation and
84 quizzes up to date, so that up and coming developers will have access to all
85 of the necessary information to avoid past problems.
86 * QA will take an active role in cleaning up and removing from the tree
87 unmaintained packages as they are found to be broken. It is also
88 encouraged of members of the QA team to assist in mentoring new developers
89 that wish to take over unmaintained packages/herds.
90
91
92 Backwards Compatibility
93 =======================
94
95 Not a problem for this GLEP.
96
97 Copyright
98 =========
99
100 This document has been placed in the public domain.

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