Bug#536889: [developers-reference]: Please add an example for the short description starting with a verb
Justin B Rye wrote:
> It was already obvious that technical terms alone wouldn't work
> (because they're meaningless to non-linguists); but it seems the
> substitution formula doesn't work very well either. Or does it just
> need to give more examples? Maybe examples of what _isn't_ right?
I'd also be inclined to retitle this bug to something like
"[developers-reference]: explicitly deprecate verb phrase synopses",
but I'd prefer to hear from you before I do that.
By the way, just talking about "starting with a verb" isn't a safe
diagnostic, since it's possible to construct a valid noun phrase
synopsis that begins with a verb:
dndtool - do not disturb sign generator
just as it's possible for the deprecated verb phrase format to begin
with a noun:
fwutil - hand compile your firewall rules
The only reliable way for non-specialists to tell whether a phrase
obeys the guidelines is to slot it into the heuristic template and
see if it fits.
Ankh kak! (Ancient Egyptian blessing)