Currently we aren’t using the MAINTAINER= flag correctly in Lunar. I’d even go that far and say, we don’t care about that flag and we simply ignore it. With the new separation (stable / unstable) this will change:
The maintainer-flag is usually set by developers or people for a specific module; that means such people or developer have a special need or knowledge about that module and should be asked whenever there’s an update or modification to this specific module.
El_Angelo is set as maintainer for xorg-server, that’s because he’s reading the maillinglists, checking their bugtracker and he knows what he’s doing regarding xorg (At least, thats my impression) – If someone else wants to update xorg-server he/she should ask El_Angelo first why he didn’t update it, yet. Because El_Angelo might have a good reason for not doing so.
That means from now on we will care for the MAINTAINER flag and everytime a module needs a modification or update the MAINTAINER has to be contacted first. If a Maintainer doesn’t respond within two weeks, you can update or modify the module yourself. If it’s _really_ important to update something (bugfix, security patch) you might wait less time; However: Please always try to contact the maintainer, you can assume, that the Maintainer knows better about the module than you do.
We’ve started some sort of mass-mailing to all set MAINTAINER’s in Lunar Linux with a list of the modules they’ve set themselves as MAINTAINER and hope to get a lot of feedback. We will remove all MAINTAINER flags from users who didn’t respond within two weeks.