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Re: Bug#661565: ITP: nyancat -- Terminal-based Pop Tart Cat animation

Humm. I didn't expect that this ITP would generate so much discussion. :-/

On 28/02/12 16:20, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 04:05:12PM +0000, Ben Hutchings wrote:
>> On Tue, 2012-02-28 at 11:52 +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
>>> And what value does this bring to Debian?
>> Are such amusements only permitted as Easter eggs now?  (apt-get moo?)

I would consider this package much the same as sl, xfishtank, cowsay or
cmatrix. They all provide something mildly amusing or fun.

Developers are not the target audience and are unlikely to install them,
but the packages seem relatively popular with users. Popcorn notes over
4500 combined installations of those 4 packages, 3 of which have an
upward installation trend so I guess someone must be using them.

> I've just done lots of QA work tracking down build failures while
> bootstrapping a new architecture, typically in pet packages that have
> gone largely unmaintained after a small number of uploads. That
> experience makes me leery of accepting yet more crap into Debian in
> the first place, especially joke-of-the-week stuff like this. nyancat
> will stay alive elsewhere on the net for anybody who cares, we don't
> need it.

I certainly don't plan on uploading and abandoning this package, but
given the high level of opposition to this ITP, guess there is little
point pursuing it.


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