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Time to change the debian-ports "list"?

Hi folks,

I believe the existing debian-ports setup (as an exploder pointing to
all the different port lists) is not working well at all. It's a
confusing setup to many people, which leads to lots of cross-list
noise that's probably not warranted. Some of the traffic is also
clearly meant to be discussing the debian-ports setup itself rather
than individual ports, and that's also off-topic for those ports that
are in the main archive. So, I propose:

 * Remove the confusion: turn debian-ports into a separate *normal*
   mailing list, announce it and let people subscribe to it as they
   see fit normally. This would be specifically for "discussions about
   ports.debian.org and architectures hosted there".

 * Explicitly do *not* add another exploder to replace the old
   address: instead, *if* we want something to cover this use case,
   add a new list that interested people can subscribe to. Maybe
   "debian-cross-ports" or "debian-architectures" or something. Please
   feel free to suggest a better name! If such a list were to be set
   up, we could/should encourage existing architecture porters to sign
   up there too.


Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.

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