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RE: Emacs project mission (was Re: "If you're still seeing problems, pl

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: Emacs project mission (was Re: "If you're still seeing problems, please reopen." [
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 09:14:44 -0800 (PST)

> I encounter this issue regularly -- people have some issue with Emacs
> and I say (via email, irc, in person, even): "Well, that sounds like a
> bug.  You should report it with M-x report-emacs-bug".  But they don't,
> and my impression is that it seems scary.  The report seems to go into
> an official secret place or something?


When an Emacs question or answer on Stack Exchange
or Stack Overflow seems to point to a possible bug
or enhancement request, I often suggest that the
person report it using `M-x report-emacs-bug'.

And most of the time they do.  My impression is
that many might not have been previously aware of

My impression is also that those who used it for the
first time had no problem doing so.  IOW, it has not
seemed to me that it was scary of difficult to
figure out, or that they hesitated for some reason.

I believe that those Q&A sites get all kinds of
Emacs users, including many who are newbies and many
who are young and might be more used to web-based
bug reporting.  I haven't noticed any balking at
sending an email via `M-x report-emacs-bug'.

Just an impression and anecdotal info.  And I can't
speak for any who might not have filed a bug.  At
least I don't recall anyone expressing hesitation
or reporting any difficulty.

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