, I'm sorry, but that is exactly what happened to ivtools
when it got yanked from woody. We still don't know to this date what the actual reason was for yanking. We can assume it was related to a last-minute build problem on the alpha platform, something that was addressed by me but never propogated to the Debian package. But there was no e-mail notification, and it was only listed as a removed package (without cause) after bug reports were filed on the release notes.
One e-mail to me, and one NMU would have fixed the problem. Since this happened I have received no adequate explanation from any involved party, despite several polite inquiries via e-mail and newsgroup. Yes, the previous maintainer has been swamped with other work, and the package is now up for adoption, but that happened after the woody release. I do not believe I am misrepresenting anything, just highlighting something you might not be aware of.