I recently realized how nice the Packages Tracking System is for upstream developers who want to follow the status of their software in Debian. By subscribing, they can easily monitor (and reply to) bug reports, and the general status of their software in Debian. I’m trying to help with coreutils maintainance, and it’s great to see upstream developers answer directly to bug reporters on Debian.
So, maintainers, tell your upstreams about the PTS! ;)
It might be a good idea to actually mention that use case on obvious places (not sure what the obvious places are, though).