Re: Debating difficult development issues in essay form
On Thu, May 09, 2013 at 08:45:08PM +0100, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> We think discussions on Debian development mailing lists sometimes
> suffer from repetition of facts, opinions, and arguments. During a
> long discussion of a controversial topic, it is hard for anyone to
> keep track of what has been said, and so everything tends to get
I really like this idea. The only problem I have is: How to know in
advance whether a debate might concern a "difficult development issue"
or not. For instance when I wrote my first mail about uscan
enhancement I did not expected this to be a complex topic but the
various threads afterwards have shown this later. We intuitively
followed your suggestion by creating but I'm not yet fully convinced
that this is a "difficult development issue".
Using this example as criterion I'd say we are seeing something that
qualifies as "difficult development issue" if:
1. At least 10 postings on this topic (with "on this topic" I mean
*really* on topic and no troll / fun posts)
2. At least two different threads to the same topic both with at
least five postings.
I know that the numbers are perfectly debatable but I'm mentally using
these. I would not see these criterions as a requirement to enter a
Wiki Debate but I would recommend starting a Wiki Debate if the
criterion is met.
Considering this would you agree to turn  into a Debate or would
you apply further creterions for this?