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Re: Why discussions don't move from debian-private

Jakub Wilk <jwilk@debian.org> writes:

> Someone complained about a lengthy off-topic discussion taking place on
> debian-private, and suggested to move it to a public mailing list.

A follow-up to this.  In response to the question of why so many threads
start on debian-private in the first place, I proposed the following two

* debian-private does not contain irritating trolls.  That means that some
  discussions can be had more easily on debian-private, or at least with
  less frustration and annoyance, because the audience who can talk is
  restricted to people who have some investment in the project.  This
  obviously has its downsides as well, but I think it's a frequent

* Thread drift.  Things start on debian-private for legitimately private
  reasons and then drift into general discussions.  Thread drift is a
  universal in every communication forum I've used in the past 20 years.
  I don't think there's any real way to stop it.  There's rarely any good
  break point where the discussion clearly goes from private to public in
  a way that makes it easy to move.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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