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Re: Bug#224742: Related to this issue...

On Sun, Dec 28, 2003 at 11:34:37PM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> Scripsit Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net>
> > On 27-Dec-03, 17:28 (CST), Henning Makholm <henning@makholm.net> wrote: 

> > > The non-tecnical issue - namely his attempts to threaten Enrico into
> > > submission by abusing his BTS power rather than explaining why he
> > > thinks as he does *is* in my book completely unreasonable.

> > Why is that a problem, yet Enrico's attempt to bludgeon AJ into
> > submission by repeatedly re-opening a wish-list item

> How can a wishlist item be used to "bludgeon" in any way?
> I have asked this repeatedly and not yet gotten any answer.

Reopening a bug report that the maintainer has closed, when it is clear
the maintainer disagrees with you (and isn't merely mistaken on
technical grounds) interferes with the maintainer's ability to manage
his package's open bug reports through the BTS, and is thus an act of
coercion.  You may have different views on whether and when such acts of
coercion are justified, but there should be no question that this *is*
coercive, and there should also be no room for surprise when attempts to
coerce backfire.

> > Closing the "bug" is one acceptable way to do so.

> There is a "wontfix" tag for that. Rather, closing the wishlis itemt
> is a way of asking the submitter to acknowlege that his request was
> silly in the first place. Refusing to let the submitter *not*
> acknowledge this, under threat of BTS exclusion, is repression of the
> submitter's right to have his own thoughts about the issue.

The default web view of the BTS data for a package doesn't hide
"wontfix" bugs.  Leaving such bugs open perpetually only because the
submitter disagrees with the maintainer sounds like a good way to make
the BTS unuseable from dialup connections, and unassailable by would-be
Samaritans casually perusing the site.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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