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Re: multiple infrastructure issues / support bottlenecks

From: Ben Sturmfels
Subject: Re: multiple infrastructure issues / support bottlenecks
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 09:12:50 +1100
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Hi Peter,

Thanks very much for your contributions, and sorry for the delays in responding.

Peter Horvath <> writes:

> Thank you very much reaction. Are you currently the only one active developer 
> of the
> project?

Myself and Olivier are the current maintainers. The project *is* still
being developed, but progress is a little slow and sporadic with
occasional contributions from others.

> About the bugtrack: I have never seen the old bugtrack working. I think, some 
> migration
> option should exist to convert the things to the sourcehut.

Thanks for this feedback. Keep in mind that somehow migrating thousands
of old issues would be a significant amount of work. It's certainly not
a high priority from my perspective. As I mentioned, the legacy issue
tracker has been unstable for some time - stabilising this by moving it
out of docker-compose would be a useful contribution if anyone was willing.

> In the sourcehut bugtrack, I have made some changes, mostly simple bugfixes. 
> I reported
> them in the issue. May I ask you, how can I get a merge?

Thank you for these, we really appreciate your effort. It may be some
weeks before I personally have a chance to review these. I'm sorry about
that, but it's that time of year.

> Beside these, also my request for inclusion is waiting for approval. How can 
> I get it?

I received your request to be part of the mediagoblin group on Savannah,
thanks. Commit access to the project is normally reserved for
established contributors, so it wouldn't be appropriate to grant you
access at this early stage sorry. We'd certainly love to have you
involved though and would consider giving you commit access in the


> Am Fr., 16. Dez. 2022 um 14:21 Uhr schrieb Ben Sturmfels <>:
>  Hi Bill,
>  Thanks for the prompting and also for your support of others on the
>  issue tracker! I haven't been very responsive on the mailing list, issue
>  tracker or IRC recently, so apologies to those who have had to wait or
>  haven't been able to resolve their issues.
>  (For context, this unresponsiveness is somewhat intentional. To make
>  sure I don't burn out and am here for MediaGoblin in the longer-term, I
>  sometimes need to curb my volunteering for many months at a time to
>  accommodate family and work commitments. This year I made time to coach
>  my kids field hockey team, and a few weeks back we finally made a start
>  on the backyard tree-house we'd been talking about for years - no
>  regrets there! :) Also for context, for many people here in Australia,
>  the last weeks before Christmas and summer holidays are extraordinarily
>  busy, so it's likely the support situation won't improve significantly
>  in the next month or so.)
>  bill-auger <> writes:
>  > * people are unable to join the mailing list
>  >   (admin, accept if pending registration like: 'peter_horvath')
>  Checking just now, it does appear we had moderation set on for new
>  mailing list subscribers. Moderated posts were being approved in a reasonably
>  timely manner, I don't think there's any need this restriction right
>  now, so I've removed it and un-moderated all moderated users.
>  > * does the dev team monitor IRC?
>  >   (eg: people asking for assistance how to join the mailing list)
>  I haven't been monitoring on the MediaGoblin IRC recently. When I'm
>  actively working on the project or around the time of a release I do
>  tend to hang around.
>  > * there are two bug trackers, both actively used
>  >   which are the dev team watching? (i would close the other)
>  >
>  > * returns 503
>  The Sourcehut issue tracker
>  is our primary issue tracker going forwards.
>  Our legacy issue tracker,, has been unstable for
>  a number of years. It was previously also plagued by spam and
>  performance issues, but I resolved those a couple of years
>  back. Shutting it down is one option, but then we lose a lot of useful
>  historical info, so it's not quite that simple. This is certainly
>  somewhere we could use help, since responding to tickets would be a
>  better use of my time than dealing with infrastructure.
>  Regards,
>  Ben

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