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Re: On cadence and collaboration

On Thu, Aug 06, 2009 at 02:21:49PM +0200, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> Luk Claes <luk@debian.org> (06/08/2009):
> > If the freeze date is well known in advance the question becomes moot
> > unless some maintainer wants to work against the freeze AFAICS. Having
> > a known freeze date is meant to help everyone to be able to plan
> > better and refrain from doing high impact changes right before the
> > freeze.

> We already have maintainers working against any kind of common sense. We
> have maintainers breaking transitions, delaying them, or starting them
> when they're not welcome. We even have a mechanism to enforce sanity
> (transition-related upload prevention/blocks).

> Why would/should the freeze be treated in a different manner?

There have always been, and always will be, a small subset of developers who
work against our freezes out of ignorance or even hostility.  For the most
part, however, developers seem to be pretty good at acting in their own
enlightened self-interest, and not behave in ways that are guaranteed to
make the freeze longer by making it harder to release.

It's hard to measure this quantitatively because you don't have a real
control, but certainly my subjective experience is that this is very

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