Resolving conflict in technical debates in an ideal world

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at
Thu Sep 4 11:00:51 BST 2008

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Caroline Ford schrieb:
> Real time voice calls are more exclusive, with no record. They require
> people to be around at the same time.
> Moving from a mailing list to a conference call would cut out
> everybody who isn't on the conference call.
> Many more people read (and learn) from these lists than participate.

That very much depends on how you structure the procedure around it.
Let's say you'd start off from a deadlocked discussion on bug X with 125
comments and it's clear that there's a big disagreement on how to
proceed. If somebody took notes during the call and added them to the
bug report asking for feedback on a compromise that was figured out
during the call, how would that cut out everybody else?

You often have people (during a debate on a mailing list or on a bug
report) talking on IRC to each other, trying to come up with a solution
together. I don't think this is very different from that.

I'm not suggesting that we move away from mailing list discussions or
bug reports, but that in cases where we're deadlocked, we try other,
more direct, forms of communication.

Have a nice day,
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