Guys, the situation with this issue is really, really annoying.
The issue is more than one year old, affects so many people that most of them (including me) sees it as the most ugliest unresolved bug in Maven. I don't know why you require any IT even if there are many projects (Apache Cocoon, Jetty plug-in, Spring to name a few) that exhibit behaviour described in this issue.
At Apache Cocoon, we have many poms polluted just because of this issue and our users who being worried about whole Maven thing are hit by it at the nearly beginning, see: http://article.gmane.org/gmane.text.xml.cocoon.user/63302 for latest example. It's not perfect first expierience, don't you think?
Demanding any additional action for such embarrassing bug is just a PITA, IMHO.
Sorry for a little rant but I think it's the time to say: enough is enough.
Devoted Maven user,