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

On Thu, Apr 01, 2010 at 06:47:53AM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> 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 
> specifics).

That all makes sense, in principle, and if the subject is important
enough and the mediation takes a non-neglible amount of time, then we
should strive for such status reports.

However, I can see how such status reports could consist of nothing more
than "we're working on resolving personal issues now" for a while, and
that could irk some people the wrong way; it is not unthinkable that
they'd then start complaining about that, which would also not be very

The biometric identification system at the gates of the CIA headquarters
works because there's a guard with a large gun making sure no one is
trying to fool the system.

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