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=== Who are Packager Sponsors? ===
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Packager Sponsors are maintainers that have a good record of maintaining packages, doing reviews and assisting others with the processes and procedures of Fedora. Sponsors act as mentors for new contributors to help point them to areas they would like to contribute, assist them with processes and procedures and assist them when they need general guidance.  Sponsors may also be called on by FESCo to talk to a contributor that doesn't seem to be living up to their [[Package_maintainer_responsibilities| Packager responsibilties]]. Every Fedora package maintainer should have a sponsor.
  
Packager Sponsors are maintainers that have a good record of maintaining packages, doing reviews and assisting others with the processes and procedures of Fedora. Sponsors act as mentors for new contributors to help point them to areas they would like to contribute, assist them with processes and procedures and assist them when they need general guidance. Sponsors also are responsible for fixing mistakes made by their sponsored maintainers if they are unable to do so. Every Fedora package maintainer should have a sponsor.
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The following is an outline of some of the expectations of what a sponsor should be doing for their sponsorees. These are just ideas, a packager sponsor should generally plan on being able to help or direct the packager to a place to find help with any Fedora issues that may arise.
  
=== Make sure the maintainers you sponsor follow guidelines ===
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== Help answer maintainers' questions ==
  
Sponsors should try and keep up with the doings of their sponsored maintainers. Bugzilla has the ability to let you know via email all activity for a given address. Initial sponsored maintainers should have more scrutiny than long established maintainers with a known record of good efforts.  Once the package database is available, more avenues will be available, such as watching all VCS activity for a given package, rss feeds of package updates, and the like.
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Packager sponsors should be available to their sponsored maintainers to answer questions. It's up to the sponsor if they wish to be available via IRC, email, bugzilla, mailing list posts, phone or the like. In the event a sponsor is unable to answer a question, they should escalate it to the approprate mailing list, [[Development/SteeringCommittee|FESCo]], [[Board|FAB]] or the like and get an answer passed back.
  
To watch a maintainers activity in Bugzilla do the following:
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Questions sponsors should answer in particular are all the questions related with practical aspects of Fedora ([[Packaging:Guidelines| Packaging Guidelines]], [[PackageMaintainers/UsingKoji| Build system]], [[PackageMaintainers/UsingCvsFaq| VCS]], FAS, updates...).
* Login to [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/ bugzilla.redhat.com] with your account.
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* Click the '''account''' button at the top.
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* Click the '''email''' tab.
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* Enter a comma-delimited list of users email address(es) in the '''users to watch''' text entry box.
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* Click '''submit changes'''
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=== Help answer maintainers questions ===
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== Guide the sponsored maintainer in the Fedora Project ==
  
Packager Sponsors should be available to their sponsored maintainers to answer questions. It's up to the sponsor if they wish to be available via IRC, email, bugzilla, mailing list posts, phone or the like. In the event a sponsor is unable to answer a question, they should escalate it to the approprate list, [[Development/SteeringCommittee|FESCo]], [[Board|FAB]] or the like and get an answer passed back.
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Packager sponsors should also be able to guide (or coerce) the sponsored packager in other aspects of Fedora. For example, point to [[Package_maintainer_policy|maintainer policies]] appropriately, help the sponsored maintainer to feel at ease in the Fedora community, and explain what Fedora is and what it is not.
  
=== Fix issues caused by sponsored maintainers ===
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== Fix issues in sponsored maintainers' packages ==
  
If one of your sponsored maintainers is unable to fix an issue in their package(s), it's up to the sponsor to step in and make the needed fixes.  This might include pushing a security update when the maintainer is unavailable, applying a patch, removing a improperly build package, or other time or security sensitive issue. Note that the maintainer should be shown the fix and how to manage the issue moving forward.
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If one of your sponsored maintainers is unable to fix an issue in their package(s) you should be able to step in and either provide a fix or help them find a fix from other resources.  This might include pushing a security update when the maintainer is unavailable, applying a patch, removing an improperly built package, or other time or security sensitive issue. It could also mean sending a message to the devel list asking for help or coaching the packager in finding the upstream mailing list and requesting help there.  Note that the maintainer should be shown the fix and how to manage the issue moving forward.
  
'''NOTE: the current ACL system does not allow this. Hopefully it will be fixed. '''
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== Revoking Sponsorship ==
 
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=== Revoking Sponsorship ===
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A sponsor may elect to revoke their sponsorship of a maintainer in rare and extreme situations.
 
A sponsor may elect to revoke their sponsorship of a maintainer in rare and extreme situations.
  
These situations might include: A maintainer that no longer wishes to contibute to Fedora, a maintainer that refuses to follow guidelines, or irreconcilable differences between the maintainer and the Sponsor. In this event it is the responsibility of the Sponsor to orphan the maintainers packages, and do any other needed cleanups.
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These situations might include: A maintainer that no longer wishes to contribute to Fedora, a maintainer that refuses to follow guidelines, or irreconcilable differences between the maintainer and the Sponsor. In this event it is the responsibility of the Sponsor to orphan the maintainer's packages, and do any other needed cleanups unless the maintainer finds another Sponsor.
  
 
FESCo should be notified of the reasons why a sponsorship is being revoked.
 
FESCo should be notified of the reasons why a sponsorship is being revoked.
  
=== Sponsorship Duration ===
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== Sponsorship Duration ==
  
 
Sponsorship of a maintainer begins when the Sponsor approves them in the Fedora Account System.
 
Sponsorship of a maintainer begins when the Sponsor approves them in the Fedora Account System.
Sponsorship of a maintainer ends when that sponsorship is revoked, or when that maintainer themselves becomes a Sponsor.
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Sponsorship of a maintainer ends when that sponsorship is revoked or when that maintainer themselves becomes a Sponsor.
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== Who Sponsors the Sponsors? ==
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Once a maintainer has been granted sponsorship status (via a vote of existing sponsors), that Sponsor will be held accountable by FESCO and not their previous Sponsor. [[How_to_sponsor_a_new_contributor#Becoming_a_Fedora_Package_Collection_Sponsor|More on becoming a sponsor]].
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=== Who Sponsors the Sponsors? ===
 
  
Once a maintainer has been granted sponsorship status (via a vote of FESCO), that Sponsor will be held accountable by FESCO, and not their previous Sponsor.
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[[Category:FESCo policy]]

Revision as of 06:07, 31 May 2012

Packager Sponsors are maintainers that have a good record of maintaining packages, doing reviews and assisting others with the processes and procedures of Fedora. Sponsors act as mentors for new contributors to help point them to areas they would like to contribute, assist them with processes and procedures and assist them when they need general guidance. Sponsors may also be called on by FESCo to talk to a contributor that doesn't seem to be living up to their Packager responsibilties. Every Fedora package maintainer should have a sponsor.

The following is an outline of some of the expectations of what a sponsor should be doing for their sponsorees. These are just ideas, a packager sponsor should generally plan on being able to help or direct the packager to a place to find help with any Fedora issues that may arise.

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Help answer maintainers' questions

Packager sponsors should be available to their sponsored maintainers to answer questions. It's up to the sponsor if they wish to be available via IRC, email, bugzilla, mailing list posts, phone or the like. In the event a sponsor is unable to answer a question, they should escalate it to the approprate mailing list, FESCo, FAB or the like and get an answer passed back.

Questions sponsors should answer in particular are all the questions related with practical aspects of Fedora ( Packaging Guidelines, Build system, VCS, FAS, updates...).

Guide the sponsored maintainer in the Fedora Project

Packager sponsors should also be able to guide (or coerce) the sponsored packager in other aspects of Fedora. For example, point to maintainer policies appropriately, help the sponsored maintainer to feel at ease in the Fedora community, and explain what Fedora is and what it is not.

Fix issues in sponsored maintainers' packages

If one of your sponsored maintainers is unable to fix an issue in their package(s) you should be able to step in and either provide a fix or help them find a fix from other resources. This might include pushing a security update when the maintainer is unavailable, applying a patch, removing an improperly built package, or other time or security sensitive issue. It could also mean sending a message to the devel list asking for help or coaching the packager in finding the upstream mailing list and requesting help there. Note that the maintainer should be shown the fix and how to manage the issue moving forward.

Revoking Sponsorship

A sponsor may elect to revoke their sponsorship of a maintainer in rare and extreme situations.

These situations might include: A maintainer that no longer wishes to contribute to Fedora, a maintainer that refuses to follow guidelines, or irreconcilable differences between the maintainer and the Sponsor. In this event it is the responsibility of the Sponsor to orphan the maintainer's packages, and do any other needed cleanups unless the maintainer finds another Sponsor.

FESCo should be notified of the reasons why a sponsorship is being revoked.

Sponsorship Duration

Sponsorship of a maintainer begins when the Sponsor approves them in the Fedora Account System. Sponsorship of a maintainer ends when that sponsorship is revoked or when that maintainer themselves becomes a Sponsor.

Who Sponsors the Sponsors?

Once a maintainer has been granted sponsorship status (via a vote of existing sponsors), that Sponsor will be held accountable by FESCO and not their previous Sponsor. More on becoming a sponsor.