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Re: Stop frames stealing eachothers' minibuffers!

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Stop frames stealing eachothers' minibuffers!
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 02:52:33 -0500

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  > So your rule is simply inapplicable.  You seem to think it's obvious to
  > distinguish between a change in behavior and a bug fix or a new feature
  > or other categories, and while in many cases it is, there are also many
  > cases where it's not and *that* is the reason why we sometimes introduce
  > a change without a clean way to recover the old behavior: we failed to
  > recognize that it wasn't just a bug fix or a plain improvement.

Yes, that does happen.  We can't avoid that.

But, as the y-or-n-p problem shows, there are times when people make a
change that is obviously intended to change the UI, and isn't fixing a
bug.  And yet we changed the default and did not add a variable to
control the change.

If we adopt a rule about these situations, we will do better.

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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