Debian: contempt for "end user" values has to stop!"

Samuel Thurston, III sam.thurston at
Wed Aug 19 21:54:16 BST 2009

On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 2:28 PM, David Gerard<dgerard at> wrote:

> But *then* the problem is what to do when you have more of them than
> you can deal with - the "Linus doesn't scale" problem. It'd be nice if
> the only thing keeping them out was code quality, but it's silly to
> claim that's all there is.

But that's what I'm saying, code quality *doesn't* keep them out.  Oh,
if only it did.

The comment Ray made about hogwash is harmful in two ways. One it
suggests that the community shares a "put up or shut up" mentality
that I think many newer/prospective members find off-putting. Two, it
suggests that what we need is more second-rate coders patching up
every little personal gripe.

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