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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 19:05:35 +0200

> From: Stefan Monnier <monnier@iro.umontreal.ca>
> Cc: rms@gnu.org,  larsi@gnus.org,  stefankangas@gmail.com,  juri@linkov.net,
>   rudalics@gmx.at,  emacs-devel@gnu.org,  drew.adams@oracle.com
> Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:44:26 -0500
> >>   > So I think such changes should be introduced with:
> >>   > - An explicit announcement.
> >>   > - A clear way to get back the old behavior.
> >>   > - A trial period in the order 2-3 months.
> >> 
> >> Fine with me.
> >
> > Fine with me, if someone volunteers to do this job.  Failing that,
> > definitely not fine with me, as I cannot afford adding this to my
> > current burden of Emacs maintenance.
> Not sure how others interpreted what I wrote, but AFAIK none of the
> above three points imply extra work (just like you, I don't want extra
> work).

The "trial period" part is extra work: someone will have to manage
that.  If we are to have a rule that such a trial is required for
every UI change, tracking all those trials so that they could end in
time will be non-trivial.

Remembering to announce such changes is also an annoying additional
duty, albeit a smaller one.

Basically, such a system is a lot of hassle for very little gains.
Please show me another project that does something like that.

> All it does is clarify that we can tentatively introduce changes
> in defaults and when people complain about a change in UI, we may want
> to tell them to "try it for a couple month" before deciding it should
> be reverted.

It wasn't clear you were proposing a trial _after_ installing a
change.  If people who complain about a change agree to the trial
suggestion, it may work, but then what exactly did we change from what
we have now?  And as you well know, people who complain about this
stuff want it reverted NOW.

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