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Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Ema

From: João Távora
Subject: Re: Why are so many great packages not trying to get included in GNU Emacs?
Date: Thu, 7 May 2020 18:42:01 +0100

On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 8:03 PM Dmitry Gutov <address@hidden> wrote:
On 23.04.2020 21:50, Yuan Fu wrote:
> but if it’s in ELPA, you need to take care of commit message formats, submit a patch and wait for someone to review & commit the patch

This part is not really true.

You don't really need to worry about commit message format in ELPA, nor
wait for code review (if you're the author of the package).

However, in projects like Eglot, I do review stuff and do ask people
to follow the GNU Commit message format.  Not always, I will
do it for "newbie" committers often, not to burden them with the
red tape, then add a "Co-authored-by:" cookie to the commit
message.  (In fact I just did that for another GNU Elpa package
also hosted on Github, darkroom.el) If someone is serious about
contributing, I ask them to learn the format and I don't see
any resistance.

Anyway, just as a data point, I don't think Eglot has shortage of
committers because of the copyright issue (everyone I've asked
has eventually assigned to Emacs), the commit message
format, or the review process. I've turned down a few contributions
before, because I didn't like them technically, but they eventually
mutate into valid alternatives that do make it in.


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