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Re: Confused by y-or-n-p

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: Confused by y-or-n-p
Date: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 10:03:31 +0000
User-agent: Alpine 2.22 (NEB 394 2020-01-19)

Perhaps I did not look at the right place, but I do not see such a rule or guideline in CONTRIBUTE or elsewhere. What do you (and others) think of the following:

Any change that matters to end-users should have an entry in etc/NEWS. *In principle, any such change should, unless it is an added feature, either require setting a variable to be enabled, or be reversible by setting a variable.*

I am against such a change, for the reasons given in my previous message.

Which previous message? I don't see reasons against such a guideline in your previous message sent to this list.

Do you have any evidence to back up the claim that this has happened?

It happened with y-or-n-p; it would not have happened with the above guideline.

I don't think the second part of that sentence logically follows from the first.

Just look at the entry for this change in NEWS.27 (and the read-char-from-minibuffer one), which does not explain how to revert it, unlike the three other entries in the "Minibuffer" section:

*** 'y-or-n-p' now uses the minibuffer to read 'y' or 'n' answer.

*** Some commands that previously used 'read-char-choice' now read a character using the minibuffer by 'read-char-from-minibuffer'.

It seems to me that the "Any change that matters to end-users should have an entry in etc/NEWS" rule in CONTRIBUTE, which is already applied successfully, is also a good way to distinguish changes that are potentially controversial from the others, hence the proposal above.

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