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29     <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">QA Team's Role and Purpose</td>
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51     <p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
52     <ul class="simple">
53     <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id2" name="id2">Abstract</a></li>
54     <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id3" name="id3">Motivation</a></li>
55     <li><a class="reference" href="#specification" id="id4" name="id4">Specification</a></li>
56     <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id5" name="id5">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
57     <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id6" name="id6">Copyright</a></li>
58     </ul>
59     </div>
60     <div class="section">
61     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id2" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
62     <p>This GLEP outlines the abilities and purpose of the Quality Assurance team
63     for Gentoo.</p>
64     </div>
65     <div class="section">
66     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id3" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
67     <p>For years now developers have been saying how we need an empowered QA team to
68     handle problems concerning the tree. This GLEP provides the structure for
69     such a team and specifies the roles the team would fulfill.</p>
70     </div>
71     <div class="section">
72     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="specification" name="specification">Specification</a></h1>
73     <p>The QA team should be given certain abilities to look out for the best
74     interests of all developers, as well as our users. The QA team should also
75     work to ensure developers have the information they need, and that packages
76     are maintained.</p>
77     <ul class="simple">
78     <li>The QA team's purpose is to provide cross-team assistance in keeping the
79     tree in a good state. This is done primarily by finding and pointing out
80     issues to maintainers and, where necessary, taking direct action.</li>
81     <li>In case of emergency, or if package maintainers refuse to cooperate,
82     the QA team may take action themselves to fix the problem. The QA team
83     does not want to override the maintainer's wishes by default, but only
84     wish to do so when the team finds it is in the best interest of users and
85     fellow developers to have the issue addressed as soon as possible.</li>
86     <li>The QA team may also offer to fix obvious typos and similar minor issues,
87     and silence from the package maintainers can be taken as agreement in such
88     situations. Coding style issues fall under this category, and while they
89     are not severe, they can make automated checks of the tree more difficult.</li>
90     <li>There will be cases when our tools are incapable of handling a certain
91     situation and policy must be broken in order to get something working
92     completely. This will hopefully not occur very often but each time it
93     does occur, the QA team and the maintainer will come to some agreement on
94     an interim solution and it is expected that a bug will be opened with the
95     appropriate team to work towards a correct solution.</li>
96     <li>In the case of disagreement among QA members the majority of established
97     QA members must agree with the action. Some examples of disagreements are:
98     whether the percieved problem violates the policy or whether the solution
99     makes the situation worse.</li>
100     <li>In the event that a developer still insists that a package does not break
101     QA standards, an appeal can be made at the next council meeting. The package
102     should be dealt with per QA's request until such a time that a decision is
103     made by the council.</li>
104     <li>Just because a particular QA violation has yet to cause an issue does not
105     change the fact that it is still a QA violation.</li>
106     <li>If a particular developer persistently causes breakage, the QA team
107     may request that devrel re-evaluates that developer's commit rights.
108     Evidence of past breakages will be presented with this request to devrel.</li>
109     <li>The QA team will maintain a list of current &quot;QA Standards&quot; with explanations
110     as to why they are problems, and how to fix the problem. The list is not
111     meant by any means to be a comprehensive document, but rather a dynamic
112     document that will be updated as new problems are discovered. The QA team
113     will also do their best to ensure all developer tools are in line with the
114     current QA standards.</li>
115     <li>In order to join the QA team, you must be a developer for at least 4 months
116     and must ask the current lead for approval.</li>
117     <li>The QA team will work with Recruiters to keep related documentation and
118     quizzes up to date, so that up and coming developers will have access to all
119     of the necessary information to avoid past problems.</li>
120     <li>QA will take an active role in cleaning up and removing from the tree
121     unmaintained packages as they are found to be broken. It is also
122     encouraged of members of the QA team to assist in mentoring new developers
123     that wish to take over unmaintained packages/herds.</li>
124     </ul>
125     </div>
126     <div class="section">
127     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
128     <p>Not a problem for this GLEP.</p>
129     </div>
130     <div class="section">
131     <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
132     <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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