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Re: [all candidates] What to do with debian-private ?

Paul Tagliamonte <paultag@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 10:34:08AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:

>> How is the state of -private those days ?  When I unsubscribed, it was
>> still mixing informations that are really private, like "Alice takes
>> holidays in Honolulu", some that may be private by accident, like "Bob
>> wants to package libfoo-perl", and some that are irrelevant, like
>> "Claudius likes pasta well cooked", "Donna does not like discussions
>> about pasta", and "Eros thinks that one should not be criticised for
>> discussing about pasta on -private".  I found it very tiring to have to
>> permanently remember to never talk about a lot of things that should
>> never have been private in the first place.

>> If this has not changed, is that something that the DPL candidates
>> would like to tackle ?  (Bonus question to the DPL candidates: are you
>> subscribed to debian-private ?)

> This will result in a discussion without being grounded in factual data,
> since talking about such data in public would be leaking said
> information.

I think one thing we *could* talk about in public, although I'm not sure
if it's really a DPL question, is whether we could just separate out the
vacation messages from the rest of -private traffic.  There are occasional
quite important threads on -private that should legitimately be on
-private and belong there, and quite a lot of vacation messages that
people are supposed to send there.  My impression is that the S/N
complaints of most people about -private are about the vacation messages.

I have no objections to the vacation messages (personally, I find them
interesting), but we could certainly make a separate list with the same
nondisclosure requirements as -private devoted specifically to those
messages and any followups around keysignings, etc. (and, probably more
broadly, for any other life events that Debian Developers want to share
internal to the project, such as marriages, new children, etc.), sort of a
DD-internal version of -curiosa, and keep -private as more a DD-internal
version of -project.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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