I found the story extremely relevant. If it indicts anybody, it indicts the package maintainers for failing to maintain their part of the distro's social contract. The upstream developers, of course, aren't beholden to anybody, but their nutty opinions ought to be equally of no practical interest to anybody. The system has broken down because the package maintainers are violating the terms of their office by catering to the wrong people. Probably the repository maintainers should take that package away from them.