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

On Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 04:37:50PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> However, I just spotted that aj's left a note in the config file
> explaining why the control ban was set and until when, which works for
> me. So I retract my earlier comment.

Has this been done for all the currently defined values of the
@gFuckHeads array?

> > Should Mr. Towns's administrative privileges with the Debian BTS be
> > revoked for, say, a month or so, to give him time to consider how to
> > better work as a member of an administrative *team*?
> Frankly, I don't think that attempting to stir up strife among the
> members of an administrative team (noting your Cc) is going to impress
> anyone. As debating tactics go, it seems underhanded to me.

I am neither attempting to foment strife among the administrative team,
nor indulging in debating tactics.

I am proposing a process for internal disciplinary action within the
team and suggesting a circumstance under which it might be applied.
You'll note my suggestion was phrased in the form of a question.  I will
infer from your response that your answer to that question is "no".

Frankly, I don't think I'm *capable* of "stirring up strife" among the
members of an administrative team unless some form of strife is already
there.  If there is, then it may be we worthwhile to consider what steps
can be taken to mitigate or eliminate it.  If there isn't, then you have
no particular reason to feel alarmed or insulted by my proposition.

Similarly, "Shouldn't we consider what to do if a piano should suddenly
fall out of a fifth-story window onto Colin Watson's head, rendering him
unable to perform his administrative functions with the BTS for a time?"
If it's not a credible problem, then I see no reason to get upset about
someone raising it, or to accuse them of harboring nefarious intentions.

You have every right to feel that any or all members of the BTS
administration team are capable of no wrong, and therefore no procedures
are necessary for correcting such wrongs.

Whether such a feeling is justified, or a prudent management practice,
is another question entirely.  If I'm the only one who sees a potential
problem here, then you have nothing to fear from me and what you
consider my "debating tactics".

G. Branden Robinson                |     I suspect Linus wrote that in a
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     complicated way only to be able to
branden@debian.org                 |     have that comment in there.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Lars Wirzenius

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