Based on discussion at Releasing repositories form "other" people, and also Perception SiG Maintainers Still Maintaining? shows we have seen a lot of unmaintained (but important) packages, and I believe we need some mechanism to save these situation.
The idea behind this proposed REP is to have a team of volunteers who can do ONLY the release job, to enable the community to continue using the same set of previous ROS distros with a minimum set of community efforts.
To this end, we followed Debian QA Group System and Debian Developer’s Reference ( Dealing with inactive and/or unreachable maintainers ), which is considered non-normative, but best practice.
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Please also check http://wiki.ros.org/OrphanedPackage