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Re: CTTE and Developer Buy-in [Re: Bug#727708: init system other points, and conclusion]

On Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 05:50:59PM -0800, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Wed, 01 Jan 2014, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> > and I think it'd be a shame if we ended up losing or demotivating a
> > good bunch of good developers again.
> Pretty much every time the CTTE makes a ruling, someone is going to be
> annoyed or demotivated. Easy, non-contentious decisions never make it to
> us. 
> If there are concrete ways we can be better at making sure that it's
> clear developers concerns are being heard and taken into account which
> we are not already doing, I'd certainly like to hear them.

Is there any useful way we could take a reasonably quick non-binding
straw poll of developers?  Sort of an "if we voted a particular way, is
it likely that we would be on the wrong side of developer opinion".

This bug was referred to us so that we could take what we felt to be the
technically best decision; I'm not saying we should shirk that
responsibility and turn it into a straight opinion poll.  But I would
like to have the information, in a more structured way than looking at
mailing list archives to try to work out how many people are shouting
for each side.  It would be quite relevant if we were about to try to
mandate something that the vast majority of developers hate, since part
of the evaluation is how practical each option will be to deploy widely.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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