The most interesting point is missing from the article quote: a patch was provided by Alan Cox to commit his decision:
--- MAINTAINERS~ 2009-07-23 15:36:41.000000000 +0100
+++ MAINTAINERS 2009-07-28 20:09:32.200685827 +0100
@@ -5815,10 +5815,7 @@
-P: Alan Cox
-T: stgit http://zeniv.linux.org.uk/~alan/ttydev/
It is pretty explicit, maybe more than words.
It's a sad that such conflicts happen, but its usual in larger projects.
Sometimes the LKML and Linus especially lack the delicatness to say things,
even if they may be right, saying things in a way that do not offend people
is often the best way to keep their attention and motivate them going toward
the direction wished.
Let's hope Alan will continue its work on other areas for the benefits of the community.