I got very positive reactions from a number of people, which is great. I got less friendly comments prior to the announcement (by one person) , and I'm happy this reaction wasn't representative for the rest of Debian.
It's nice that people show interest in the problem, there's currently a discussion on debian-devel if and how automatic checking (and fixing) could be added to debhelper. That would seriously rock, as it would be one of the faster ways to get the number of affected packages down.
It's also cool to hear that the GNOME people are fixing their
.la files with
2.16 in order to cut down dependencies introduced by broken libtool files.
There are some other interesting things on the horizon on the technical side of the project, as automatically built dbgsym packages (containing debug symbols, Ubuntu does that already), and the idea Simon Richter already talked about, which could really cut down the work the release team has with library transitions.