25 Apr 2000 jgg   » (Master)

The Expell'O'Matic has served as the focal point for Debian's triannual flame fest. Those who haven't been around Debian too long find this pretty grusome. Roughly how it appears to go, is a good bunch of people select some arbitary issue and divide into factions and seek to destroy each other using bile, flames, acusations, facts (!) and what not. If the sides are unable to reach compromise and resolve the issues then a majority of all people participating will quit the project either because a) They feel people are unwilling to listen to them and so must quit or b) They feel directly responsible for the people who quit, and so must quit.

This form of brinkmanship appears to be completly unique to Debian, I haven't heard of any other projects who have the entire process quite down pat. Often other people see this and belive that Debian developers have a propensity to flamage and cannot be worked with.

Does anyone else remember the B5 where the Drazi divide up into factions based on colour of cloth? Think that. Anyhow, after uh, 3 days consensus seems to have formed, a result formed and the contestant has left the stage. Nobody is allowed to talk about what exactly happened publicly.

lilo leaving is rather disturbing, since it was my mention that brough him here.

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