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Re: Question to all candidates: DPL's role in important package maintenance

Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> Discussing problems in public works very well if two people like
> eachother. If they don't, however, you get two people cursing at
> eachother. Now there are some people who really don't mind doing that in
> public; but when things get messy, not being messy out in the open
> actually makes a whole lot of sense.

Agreed, but would you agree that it is a core part of the role of the 
DPL/2IC, or indeed any mediator, to provide at least basic status and 
progress info to the project as a whole?

What we've been seeing with this issue is that there has been complete 
silence for over three months. I think that a lot of the (heated) public 
discussion could have avoided if some progress/status info would have been 
provided at regular intervals. In fact, I think that a lot of the public 
discussion was as direct result of the total lack of such information.

What are the thoughts of candidates on that?

Also, it has been claimed "we cannot provide any information because 
discussions are in private" [1]. Do candidates agree to that, or do they 
think that a DPL should make clear to parties in advance that the project 
will be kept informed of status and progress (but of course not of 


[1] References:
- http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/12/msg00078.html (+ following)
- http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2010/03/msg00032.html (last para)

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