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Re: Should we restore manually maintained ChangeLogs

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Should we restore manually maintained ChangeLogs
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 10:55:39 -0800
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On 03/09/2016 10:01 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
Who needs a history record one cannot trust?  It's worse than having
no record at all.

Any historian will tell you that you cannot trust historical records. Caesar's commentaries, Churchill's speeches, the Open Group Rationale, Emacs ChangeLog entries -- they're all riddled with errors, and sometimes have outright fabrications, and anybody studying them must take this into account. That's just life.

(Though I do hope our ChangeLogs are more trustworthy than Caesar was....)

There is a reasonable question about how much of our development effort should be devoted to sprucing up ChangeLogs after they're committed. I think this should be low priority, whereas as I understand it you would prefer that we boost its priority. Neither side is advocating untrustworthy ChangeLogs, or perfect ChangeLogs for that matter; it's mainly a question of where to allocate our scarce development resources.

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