On Thu, Mar 08, 2007, Josip Rodin wrote: > How much time do you generally have to read Debian-related e-mail? > How much for the Debian mailing lists? If you only mean "read", reading e-mail is a continuous process for me and I don't know how much time it sums up to. About half of the legitimate e-mail I get is Debian-related. > How many lists do you follow, and which ones do you pay real attention to? > Have you stopped following a Debian mailing list in the past, and if so, > what was the most important/common reason for that? I subscribe to about 30 Debian lists. The ones I really follow are -devel, -devel-announce, -private, -vote, -legal, -project, as well as the Alioth mailing-lists for the projects I'm part of. The others I read regularly, too, but I kill threads more actively. I have stopped following -user and -user-french because they have too much traffic and I honestly don't feel like helping out everyone. I still kiboze these lists for packages I maintain, though. > Could you describe an indicative example or two where you formed > a distinctly positive or a distinctly negative opinion about a person based > on what they wrote in a non-trivial flamewar^Wdiscussion? (There is no need > to name anyone, just describe the situation as you feel is appropriate.) I do not wish to answer that directly. The opinion I have about persons goes well beyond "distinctly positive" or "distinctly negative" and changes too much with time (and people do change, too). Any example I would give would be too restrictive to be meaningful. I can however say for instance that I am grateful to people who "save the day" by providing code or a solution acceptable to all parties to stop heated discussions. I also feel the urge to dismember cute tiny animals when I see "Debian has done so for years, we cannot change that" used as an argument. It's really countless tiny bits like that that make me build my opinion. > What's your opinion on what it's like for others to be reading our > mailing lists? Feel free to be vague here :) Since more and more development teams have been created and now have their own mailing-lists, pure technical cooperative discussion has moved away from the traditional Debian lists such as -devel. So people see more arguing and less technical discussions. Is that bad? I don't know. > In general, what's your opinion about the quality of communication in > the project? Freely elaborate this last part :) We have great tools and initiatives for communication (countless web pages, the mailing-lists, the wiki, the BTS, DWN, IRC). But it's hard to know where is everything, and not everything is there. I believe communication within teams is correct. People discuss in their mailing-list and hang out on the IRC channel. But of course this does not scale to communication between teams and developers, which is clearly not as good. There are teams who are eager to tell the world what they did (I'm thinking about D-I, or the Xlib/XCB announcement). Others we simply don't know what they do, and as I said in my platform sadly I don't see how to have them properly report without having the DPL ask them to. Regards, -- Sam.
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