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Re: Done (was Re: [mass bug filing?] Short descriptions being used as long descriptions and other policy violations)

On Wed, Sep 10, 2003 at 09:20:39PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña wrote:
> > Sorry for that, see below.
> > 
> > > And if the goal was to actually improve descriptions, rather than just
> > > inflating the number of bugs in the BTS, then putting a human in between
> > > the grep and the mail parts of the script, and adding some suggested
> > > improvements to the top of the bug reports would have been much more
> > > effective.
> > 
> > Well, I'm doing so right now, I will start from the first bug file until 
> > the last one and either provide what might be, IMHO, a better description 
> > or close them if they were filed incorrectly. I sure have a lot of work to 
> > do now ammending (sp?) for my mistakes.
> That more than atones for anything you may have done wrong I think.

Indeed.  Javier, you just volunteered yourself for a huge task, so I'll
understand if you get overwhelmed by it.

As I suggested in IRC, false positives aside, if you get any static from
package maintainers whose descriptions suck, but refuse to do anything
about them, I think the debian-l10n-english list can probably help.
That list is underutilized and there are several very good, careful, and
fluent English speakers on that list who can likely be of assistance.

In other words, don't let stubborn package maintainers rest on the
assumption that you're the only person who gives a damn about this.  Use
debian-l10n-english as a court of appeal.

G. Branden Robinson                |    It is the responsibility of
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    intellectuals to tell the truth and
branden@debian.org                 |    expose lies.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    -- Noam Chomsky

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