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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:01:09 -0500

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  > > It may be "valid" in principle, but it is no a wise choice for changes
  > > in the Emacs command interface.  If we want to be confident that users
  > > will notice plans for changes, and say if they object, before the
  > > change is in a release, we are obliged to help users notice.

  > Users don't track emacs-devel, either.  In fact, most users nowadays
  > don't like to use mailing lists at all.

You are right that most users don't pay attention to the work we are
doing while we are doing it.  They will not comment on it.

Thus we have been talking, all along, about the users that do pay
attention, and might comment on proposed changes.  The words you
quoted above refer to them, too.

  >   So I don't see how forcing
  > discussions to happen on emacs-devel will reach the goal of helping
  > users notice important changes and object in time.

It will give help all the users who follow emacs-devel to take note
of a proposed change.  That is what we presume will happen, but it isn't
happening reliably.

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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