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Re: Concern about racism and sexism in Supertuxkart 0.9

2015-04-30 7:44 GMT+02:00 Vincent Cheng <vcheng@debian.org>:

> Vincent, have you tried approaching the upstream developers and
> starting a discussion with them with the goal of getting this fixed
> upstream? I appreciate that you've brought your concerns about STK to
> debian-women for discussion, but as maintainer I frankly do not know
> what to do with this, and what you expect me to do as a downstream
> package maintainer. This really sounds like an issue that needs to be
> addressed at its source upstream, ideally with an amicable discussion
> and agreement with all involved parties upstream. so a repeat of the
> same issue can be avoided in a future upstream release. I'm not
> particularly keen on mediating this discussion, purely because it's of
> a non-technical nature; when faced with a non-technical issue in a
> package I maintain, I usually just defer it to someone else
> appropriate, i.e. I typically just defer to ftpmasters for an
> authoritative yes/no whenever I'm faced with a legal issue or
> complication in one of my packages. This being the first time I've
> ever had a bug report alleging racist/sexist material in a package I
> maintain, I don't know how to proceed.

I agree that this should ideally be fixed upstream. I haven't looked
at latest upstream release yet either, and I doubt I will be able to
in at least a couple of weeks, but from what it seems from Vincent
Lejeune's description, it doesn't look too good for me. If it is as
bad as it sounds, and considering that it's a package targeted at
kids, I honestly wouldn't be too happy with those additions in
Debian's packages. If upstream doesn't want to fix it (hopefully they
will) and if we don't want to patch it (it has to be seen how hard
that can be), then at the very least we should include a warning in
the description of the package, and maybe also when starting the game,
alerting about that. That's what I would expect, at least.

I honestly hope that upstream will be sensitive to those concerns.


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