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Re: this bug .. bugs me

On Wed, Jun 06, 2012 at 10:36:42AM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 05, 2012 at 11:52:52AM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> > This bug is a textbook example of making the perfect the enemy of the
> > good.  It's disconcerting that we, or our users, are willing to put up
> > with this.

May I bring in another example that bugs me:

Source: mime-support
Priority: standard
Maintainer: Brian White <bcwhite@pobox.com>

 -> standard package not team maintained not in Vcs

According to changelog a typical upload is about one to two times a year
mass closing several bugs.  This might not be very spectacular, however
when I scratched a bit on mime issues (Bug#497779) I and the submitter
of a patch (non-DD) were contacted via PM by Brian White whether one of
us want to maintain the package.  I asked why he does not try to orphan
or team maintain the package in case of admitted time constraints.  His
answer was that there is a difference between "any taker" and somebody
who has an interested in it.

This kind of handling things really bugs me as well.  If a maintainer
knows that he can not (fully) do the needed work but sitting silently
because not trusting the community to provide proper help is something
my English vocabulary is not sufficient to describe ...

IMHO this perfectly fits in the sequence of cases we recently discussed
here on this list which are a sign that something is broken in the way
we handle maintainership.

Kind regards



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