[Python-Dev] Goodbye

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Thu Sep 23 20:43:04 CEST 2010

On Thu, 23 Sep 2010 11:50:26 -0600, "Zooko O'Whielacronx" <zooko at zooko.com> wrote:
> Also, I would like to point out that, not having read the other
> traffic that this thread alludes to, either from earlier mailing list
> threads or from IRC, I don't really understand what exactly Mark did
> wrong. The complaints about his behavior on this thread seem to be a
> little... non-specific. Did he continue to close tickets after he was
> asked not to do so? I didn't see any quotes or timestamps showing what
> happened or when.

Yes.  It was necessary for the devs to monitor his work and re-open
tickets he closed inappropriately.  We always explained why the closure
was inappropriate.  The number of tickets closed inappropriately was
growing rather than shrinking.  It was this latter fact that, I believe,
led to what happened.

I think this could have been handled better, but thankfully this is not a
situation we often find ourselves in, so we don't have much practice at
dealing with such.  Good ideas for procedures have been aired here as a
result, so if the next incident is not too far in the future hopefully
we'll handle the next one more smoothly.  (But you'll excuse me for
hoping it is so far in the future that we forget :)

Again, there was nothing preventing Mark from continuing to comment
on issues, test things, ask questions, and even suggest that issues be
closed.  However, his inappropriate response to losing triage privileges
was causing significant problems on the tracker, and so we were forced
to disable his account.  This disabling does not need to be permanent.

R. David Murray                                      www.bitdance.com

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