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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2021 01:03:00 -0500

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  > > After this is included in a release, we can ask users
  > > to try the value t for a week or two and tell us whether they like it.
  > > Then we can tell which default is best.

  > This is not practical, IME.

I beg to differ.

                                 Adoption of a new release by users is
  > very slow; I wouldn't be surprised if a year passed before major
  > distros made a new release their main one.  E.g., we are still getting
  > bug reports from people who use Emacs 25 and even 24, let alone 26,
  > although Emacs 27.1 was released 5 months ago.

That is true, but it may not be a problem.  To get useful results, we
don't need most of the community to switch.  It is enough to get
answers from a variety of users.

I suggested asking users to try the value t for a week or two.  (See
quotation above.)  That means, a user should not be too quick to
reject the new setting; give the new feature a try for 10-15 days
to see if it grows on you.

Likewise, we should not be in a hurry about getting the answers.  We
can wait a few months if necessary while accumulating users'

Dr Richard Stallman
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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