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Bug#129604: general: Social Contract: We Do Hide Problems

On Thu, Jan 17, 2002 at 06:09:29PM +0100, David N. Welton wrote:
> Sam Hartman <hartmans@debian.org> writes:
> > Perhaps you as DPL should introduce a resolution to fix the social
> > contract if you believe that the current practice for incident type
> > 1 is correct.  You could probably even convince me to second such a
> > GR.
> How about we introduce a resolution for a movement to create a
> committee to discuss the implementation of a system to enable
> developers
> to create documents that state a general meaning without being
> fanatically legalistic and nit-picky about things.

No offense Sam, but I have to agree with David on this one. We (Debian)
stick to the spirit of our goals, and not the letter, on most cases.
Overkill on wording is just another way to hang ourselves.

We don't hide security issues, and never have. People complain that just
because they have to go through some hoops to become a Debian developer,
that we are closed, when they are free to help the project without a
membership card and an @debian.org email address.

This is just another case of nitpicking where people claim that just
because we act in the interest of users, by retaining priviledged
information for a due amount of time, that we are hiding things. Only
overzealous word benders will read into it that way.

/                   Ben Collins    --    Debian GNU/Linux                  \
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