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Bug#573745: Please decide on Python interpreter packages maintainership

On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 09:32:33AM +0200, Sandro Tosi wrote:
> On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 3:34 AM, Michael Gilbert <mgilbert@debian.org> wrote:
> > I wonder if the core issue at hand here is simply that the python VCSs
> > are on a resource writable by only one person (meaning no one else can
> > contribute)?  See:
> > https://code.launchpad.net/~doko/python/pkg2.7-debian
> > https://code.launchpad.net/~doko/python/pkg3.2-debian

> It's not (or not only), at least not for me, but it states quite
> clearly the level of collaboration he expects from other fellow DDs -
> none.

It is absurd to claim that a documented, public, DVCS branch for the
packaging is a statement that the maintainer doesn't expect collaboration
from other DDs.  There has been no clearer indication to me in this bug's
history that your pursuit of this issue is not based on concerns for the
technical maintenance of Python, but is instead the result of some personal
dislike that you have for Matthias.

Regardless of any other outcome of a vote on this issue, you can be assured
that I think you would be an unfit maintainer for the Python packages, and I
will not vote in favor of any option that puts you in a position of
authority over Python in Debian.  When this bug report was first filed, I
had no particular reason to think you were unreasonable, despite your having
signed on to a petition which I believed was ill-considered and misinformed. 
Your various comments since then have changed my mind; you never miss an
opportunity to insult or attack Matthias, and generally make the
debian-python mailing list a hostile environment not only for Matthias, but
also for anyone else who works on Ubuntu or is employed by Canonical.  Some
of us have thicker skins than others and are more able to tolerate this
behavior, but it is nevertheless poisonous and it's entirely inappropriate
for someone seeking to hold a leadership role within Debian - not because
Ubuntu and Canonical are special, but precisely because they *aren't* and
you persist in singling them out for ridicule.

You are in no position to say that Matthias does not want collaboration from
his fellow DDs when it's you who continues to make it very clear that you
want him out.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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