2011/10/3 Chí-Thanh Christopher Nguyễn <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I asked for authoritative documentation which forbids downgrades several
> times, but got only vague references (and "common sense") as reply.
While I'm all for documenting QA policies, ultimately common sense
does need to prevail. As I've commented before we can't always let a
lack of defined rules keep us from doing the smart thing - or we'll
just turn into a distro ruled by lawyers. There has to be a balance.
At this point I think this is another tempest in a teapot - the
package shouldn't have been removed yet, and we should try to avoid
removing packages pre-maturely in the future. That said, having been
removed it doesn't make sense to re-add it until it is fixed, and the
maintainer has agreed to this (grudgingly, and I can understand that).
As much as it is common sense to not put back a now-broken package,
it also wasn't common sense to pull it out with only two week's notice
in the first place, and as far as I can tell without any effort to
contact the maintainer (not that I'd be aware if an attempt was made).
It seems likely to me that on a distro the size of Gentoo things like
this can happen without any real malicious intent, and we just need to
learn from our mistakes...