lxnay wrote:Given that we handle 13000 packages per architecture, I'm not sure if we should (and have the man power) consider certain packages more "special" than what they are.
XChat was a default package in at least one Sabayon iso. Unless default packages are just a random selection of apps, I would say that makes them more "special" than other packages. And changing packages like consolkit can possibly break things. And regarding the manpower, have you considered asking the community on the forums? I am sure there are a lot of us who would like to help. (Though it might be helpful not to ask volunteers for their full resumé and telephone number like you do it in the wiki.)
Actually, making the upgrade process more transparent would most likely make things much easier for all. Try counting the number of bug reports and support threads that were caused by feature and package changes. I doubt the amount of work they cause is less significant than adding 1-2 lines on a notice board.
lxnay wrote:This is Free Software and is provided without warranty.
I would expect such a statement from companies like Google, but not from someone involved in a GNU/Linux distro. We all know that it doesn't come with a "warranty" and no one is going to sue you, but as a community we can improve things if there is a demand for it.