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Re: DPL reports [was: Re: Reflections about the questions for the candidates]

On Sun, Mar 05, 2006 at 11:05:04AM -0500, Kevin B. McCarty wrote:

Hi Kevin.

> I'm not sure that I understand the reasons why the efforts couldn't be
> reported, at least to debian-private.  Are they one or more of the
> following, and if so, which?

Among your categories, the ones that most apply are:

 - Not wanting to offend or cause problems for specific Debian developers
 - Not wanting to discuss efforts before they were likely to come to fruition

in some cases, however, it went as far as "we had a hard time not to
start yelling out insults ourselves, go figure if this hits -private".

One of the big roles of the DPL seem to be to address that sort of
communication that people for some reason aren't carrying out on their
own, and that can't take place on a public (or semipublic) list because
lots of people are frustrated about the issues involved and would make a
somewhat hostile discussion environment.

Or the key people just wouldn't answer on -private for fear that people
would inflame, the discussion would turn out useless and their time
would be better spent on more practical work.

> I apologize for perhaps seeming to pry so much.  The very vague
> statements you made about things that can't be disclosed really piqued
> my curiosity.

No problem at all.  It sucks to have important discussions happening
behind the scenes, actually; besides being generally unfair, one also
loses a fair amount of peer support and contributions of good ideas.



GPG key: 1024D/797EBFAB 2000-12-05 Enrico Zini <enrico@enricozini.org>

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