i am gentoo user.I am not much of a Gentoo user, but looking at recent negative activity from the Gentoo camp, I would say this is definitely bad news... Gentoo 2007.0 still isn't out yet...
bad stirrs in developer community have always been there. starting with the time daniel robbins pulled all the strings in gentoo. the situation got louder because a few more well-known devs left the project.
some got insulted (flameeyes) , some got tired or burned out.
gentoo still attracts more developers than it loses, new draft of the code of conduct has been proposed yesterday, to help with such awful situations.
ill-behaved developers are in every distribution. the problem is that gentoo devrel can do little about that, and that is going to change, hopefully.