Re: Can we enforce beta release for the freeze

On Sat, 2021-02-27 at 10:26 -0800, Philip Chimento via desktop-devel-
list wrote:
On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 5:54 AM Emmanuele Bassi via desktop-devel-list
<desktop-devel-list gnome org> wrote:
The release team can do "non maintainer" releases, of course; the
problem is, of course, that maintainers can be *very* protective of
their fiefdoms, so the release team has to wait for either being
explicitly asked to do a release, or for an answer from maintainers
as to whether they'll be able to do a release. We *cannot* have it
both ways: either the release team can take over your project for a
specific task—do a release, keep the build running—or we have to wait
until we get an answer from the maintainer.

The ideas about automating releases mentioned elsewhere in the thread
sound like great time-savers, but I primarily came here to add to what
Emmanuele said: I'd be quite happy for the release team to have the
power to take over releasing my module if I forget, but I've seen some
astonishing vitriol directed at the release team on this very mailing
list when they have done similar things in the past.

 I wouldn't blame them if they didn't even want to get near this topic.

As a community, if we weight the autonomy of maintainers so heavily
that we're willing to tolerate mailing list flames about it, then we
don't also get to complain when nobody steps in to help with
maintainers' tasks.

I'm pretty sure that most of us, myself included, wouldn't mind, as
long as the job was done to a standard.

It's like giving your mate a key to your place so they can do laundry
while you're away. You don't expect them to have flooded the place when
you get back.

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