On Fri, 18 Oct 2019, Simon Lees wrote:
Once the "consensus" was found the next step seems to have been that it then went through a internal SUSE change process to be accepted into SLE which is the fate that has been mentioned in some cases. Because of that and rpmlint now being fixed hence why people think it is ok to drop it. rpmlint has been undergoing major changes so I guess that's why it took so long for that part to fall into place otherwise i'm sure they would have started being removed sooner.
Now that all those pieces have fallen into place based off the consensus over a year ago SUES engineers can now remove the Group tag from packages in SLE and other products and most Managers are under the impression that the tags are not needed and can freely be removed.
I've certainly declined all SRs removing Groups from my packages, they are supposed to stay the same for SLE11/12/15 and there groups are still shown. And of course I'm of the same opinion like Jan, instead of removing metadata and replacing them by nothing (which of course is a mass change that's easy to do) if anything it should be fixed if necessary.
And just because a consumer went away (yast, and there were actually sound objections to that removal!) is also no reason to remove any meta data from the packages.