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bug report

From: o1bigtenor
Subject: bug report
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2021 06:37:30 -0500


$ parallel --version
GNU parallel 20210822
Copyright (C) 2007-2021 Ole Tange, http://ole.tange.dk and Free Software
Foundation, Inc.
License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
GNU parallel comes with no warranty.

Web site: https://www.gnu.org/software/parallel

When using programs that use GNU Parallel to process data for publication
please cite as described in 'parallel --citation'.

The problem is clearly written out in the above. 
Why is a lecture on citing forced at any use of the software?
My use is to save a number of copies of a particular business file scattered across different parts of my system. 
The flaw is that the expectation for use is totally mono-dimensional. 
That using a bit of software - - - legitimately - - - results in a lecture on an unrelated topic is not only off putting but also insulting. Likely also not a good way to attract greater use either. 

A possible fix would be to make the request much much more conditional - - - i.e. starting the last sentence with "If using . . .   ." instead of "When using . . .  ." . The use of "When" implies that there is incorrect behavior. 
The best fix would be to remove the 'ancillary text' from the use altogether! - - - there is very little need to provide a moral cop function in software. Honest people will remain honest and would do what you want without the badgering and those that aren't - - - well they would ignore your 'rant' anyway. 


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