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Re: rudeness in changelogs

Steve Greenland dijo [Sat, Jan 08, 2005 at 06:44:24PM -0600]:
> > Is this really called for in changelogs? Note that the bug reports were
> > perfectly polite.
> Not really called for, but I understand the frustration with people who
> have nothing better to do than nag, and (for the second bug) without
> even checking the existing bugs!

Remember that, although it is expected from seasoned Debian users and
developers to do this, there is no hard requisite on not duplicating
bug reports. After all, you as the maintainer can merge them. It is
nicer if the user saves you the work, but anyway, he is not required
to do it.

> > Imagining myself as a student in this class: I complete the requested
> > assignment, with luck make an A, only to have the prof post it to the
> > internet and then be insulted by perfect strangers as they use my work
> > to fix their problems.
> These would be the same students who didn't even have the minimum
> decency to attempt to notify the upstream authors before publishing
> the bugs? I think taking a dig at them in the changelog is the *least*
> anyone should do.

Well... DJB was not trying to be specially nice - Quite the
contrary. Take a look at the thread [1], specially at DJB's [2] and
his student's [3] messages (specially [3], it illustrates the point

DJB's class was not about "helping Free Software authors", it was
about punishing developers who write buggy software, about showing
that Free Software is inherently no better than propietary
software. There is a nice debate in the thread.



[1] http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/384661/2004-12-15/2004-12-21/0

[2] http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/384888/2004-12-15/2004-12-21/0

[3] http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/385206/2004-12-22/2004-12-28/0

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