Debian Developer's Reference
Chapter 11 - Interaction with Prospective Developers
This chapter describes procedures that existing Debian developers should follow
when it comes to dealing with wannabe developers.
11.1 Sponsoring packages
Sponsoring a package means uploading a package for a maintainer who is not able
to do it on their own, a new maintainer applicant. Sponsoring a package also
means accepting responsibility for it.
New maintainers usually have certain difficulties creating Debian packages
— this is quite understandable. That is why the sponsor is there, to
check the package and verify that it is good enough for inclusion in Debian.
(Note that if the sponsored package is new, the FTP admins will also have to
inspect it before letting it in.)
Sponsoring merely by signing the upload or just recompiling is
definitely not recommended. You need to build the source
package just like you would build a package of your own. Remember that it
doesn't matter that you left the prospective developer's name both in the
changelog and the control file, the upload can still be traced to you.
If you are an application manager for a prospective developer, you can also be
their sponsor. That way you can also verify the how the applicant is handling
the `Tasks and Skills' part of their application.