simple answer: you need to define a maintenance policy for contrib.
the current policy is the same as the distro. that means no version
updates just backports after contrib got frozen for a distro release.
if you leave it open for version update you have no real stable base for
people to work with.
if you keep the current policy many people wouldnt have the resources or
time to maintain all the packages with that policy. thats why many
people dont want their packages in the distro or contrib. (me included)
you also needs a team for QA/maintenance for that project.
that said ... as nice as it sounds on paper, it is a lot of work.
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