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Re: Idea for determining what users use

From: Kim F. Storm
Subject: Re: Idea for determining what users use
Date: 04 Jun 2003 00:24:20 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3.50

Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

> At best, I think you could get away with making it a feature that was off by
> default, and had to be turned on explicitly -- this is obviously much worse
> because doing so would skew the results highly, but it might be better than
> doing polls, as the user would only have to enable it once, and wouldn't have
> to bother with answering individual polls.

I think this is a good approach.  Of course, we should present this in a 
positive tone in NEWS -- something like this:

You can now participate in the collection of various "package usage
statistics" that will tell the emacs development team which Lisp
packages are actually used.  [add some blurb about privacy etc.]  
To participate, you need to configure the smtpmail-default-mail-server
variable and then set the enable-emacs-statistics-mails variable to t.

Kim F. Storm <address@hidden> http://www.cua.dk

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