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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:19:42 +0200

> From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
> Cc: larsi@gnus.org, stefankangas@gmail.com, monnier@iro.umontreal.ca,
>       juri@linkov.net, rudalics@gmx.at, emacs-devel@gnu.org,
>       drew.adams@oracle.com
> Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 00:01:30 -0500
>   > I don't mind that, either, but what about people who submit changes,
>   > but don't intend to stick around long enough to see this process
>   > through?  Someone will have to step in and do it for them.
> Before doing this time-boxed feature test, we would ask the people pushing for
> the change to accept the responsibility to follow it up, with a given
> schedule.

IME, this doesn't work with today's volunteer-based communities,
including this one.  We have no practical way of ensuring people
assume such responsibilities, let alone keep their promises in that
regard.  We all have our Real Lives.

This isn't a theory, it happens here in enough cases to be a real-life
scenario we should take into account.

> If they don't want to do that, the test doesn't start.

Meaning that the change doesn't get installed?  That'd be a serious
blow to development, which is unjustified.  The frequency of problems
such as the current one is very low; by contrast, people submitting a
change that looks useful and then disappearing happens all the time.

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