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Re: Should we restore manually maintained ChangeLogs

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Should we restore manually maintained ChangeLogs
Date: Wed, 09 Mar 2016 05:47:21 +0200

> Cc: address@hidden
> From: Paul Eggert <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2016 17:08:39 -0800
> On 03/08/2016 09:05 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > By giving up on the need to fix them, we
> > inadvertently send a very loud and clear message to the newcomers
> > saying that good, correct, and accurate log messages are not
> > important.
> We also send that message by giving up on the need to write good commit 
> messages in the first place. If we were to tell newcomers something like 
> "Thanks, that was a nice patch, and could you please add a commit 
> message following the guidelines so that we can install it for you?" 
> then they will figure things out. But if we instead keep installing such 
> patches as-is and maybe fixing the commit messages ourselves later, we 
> are in effect telling contributors not to bother writing good commit 
> messages.

The problems are with those who have commit rights.

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