So, here are my recommendations:
- Use the tracker for discussing tickets, so that it's easy to refer
back to a previous point in the discussion, and so that people working on those tickets can easily find your commentary. 2. Use the mailing list for drawing attention to these discussions if they are of general interest, especially if the discussion is time- critical. In this case, an announcement "You have six weeks to review ipaddr now until its inclusion is permanent, anyone interested please look at issue 3959." 3. If you have an opinion, put your +1/+0/-0/-1 on a line by itself at the top of your message, so that it's easy for newcomers to the discussion to get a general feel.
I watched and was greatly impressed by the video demo of Google's new Wave collaborative communication system. I believe it would/will help with some of the chronic problems we (and others) have. Someone already added a click-on Yes/No/Maybe client-side widget (for group outings) that tabulates on the wave who made each vote, with votes changeable.