These are some bits that I found interesting today. I tend to use the bot before I actually post the question. So I focussed on the bot bits..
there is this maint-guide package.
then, on #debian,
use /msg dpkg mg
or join #debian-mentors on irc.debian.org
/msg dpkg blacklist
well, too much has scrolled up the window. Too much to read for me now.