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

Scripsit Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org>

> Er, no, that's obviously not the case. Closed bugs remain publicly
> archived forever,

But they stay nicely hidden from the unsuspecting public, right?

> > 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.

> No, it's no such thing.

What is it, then, if not a way of hiding the problem, as regards the
default public listing for the package?

> (I note that Anthony's talk of exclusion applies strictly and only
> to control@bugs, as far as I know; not that I necessarily agree with
> his actions, but I'd rather stay out of that.

But that is what the (sub)thread is about!?

> If you think that access to control@bugs is required in order to
> have your own thoughts about an issue then I'm sorry to say that
> you're mad.)

Of course I don't think so. The BTS exclusion threat was just a weapon
that happened to be at hand for the maintainer when he wanted to force
Enrico into submission.

> Ultimately, a maintainer's bug list belongs to the maintainer,
> subject to review by the Technical Committee.

The Tecnical Committee is known to want nothing to do with BTS
procedures; see #97671. Curiously, in that case Anthony Towns seemed
to be far from thinking that bug lists belong to the maintainer.
Perhaps the true principle is that bug lists belong to whomever holds
the BTS-exclusion gun (or other appropriately large artillery)?

(The gun was drawn, but apparently not fired, in

> > The submitter did not wish to appeal - just to go on record as
> > disagreeing.

> And he has quite adequately done so, and could have done so simply by
> sending more information to the bug report.

Possibly. But he happened to want his wishes to stay public. Is that
such a very bad thing that it justifies being threatened with BTS

> I think your talk of thought control is a gross overreaction.

Possibly. Image control, then.

Henning Makholm                     "Instead of producing a better plan they
                                   had the cheek to ask me what I proposed."

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