how do you feel towards the idea that with the advent of backports as an official service of the distribution, we should use that
in routine for the more frequently updated tools? In science, there is rarely (i.e. except for comparisons or for continuity) the
need to use an older version, and then snapshot.debian.org comes to a rescue. And then there are these annoying cases when a new
upstream release just fails to miss the freeze.
Prime candidates IMHO are the autodocktools, gromacs, ... well ... almost anything in debian-science and debian-med, really. I
would then even opt to take the autodocktools out of the main distribution towards an appearance in backports and testing only.