When the same patchset arrived on the Linux Kernel mailing list from multiple sources, Christoph Hellwig asked, "any reason we've got this patchset posted by three people now? :)" Andrew Morton retorted, "presumably because I haven't been merging it." He went on to explain:
"I was in bugfix-only mode from a week prior to 2.6.24 release and during the merge window. Partly caused by the already-idiotic amount of stuff we had queued for 2.6.24, partly because we needed to concentrate on stabilising the 2.6.25 patchpile rather than writing new stuff.
"And partly to send the signal that rather than beavering away on new features all the time, we should also be spending some (more) time testing, reviewing and bugfixing the current and soon-to-be-current code. Probably I should have been more explicit about it, but it wasn't really planned. Next time I'll send more 'thanks, I parked this for consideration at a more appropriate time' emails."