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Bug#139957: period at the end of short description?

>>"Anthony" == Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

 >> Why should the short description
 >> not be a full sentence? 

 Anthony> Because making it just a phrase is briefer and conveys the
 Anthony> same information. There's a lot of stuff to read through
 Anthony> when looking through dselect, and the more we can minimise
 Anthony> that the better.

	And a period somehow fogs up your brain? 

 Anthony> IMO, what policy is is a means of recording the current
 Anthony> consensus on packaging issues amongst developers. It's
 Anthony> necessary to have that written down somewhere rather than in
 Anthony> everyone's heads, since there's so much of it and it's too
 Anthony> easy to forget.

	Nearly 20% of the packages do not conform to this so called consensus.
 And the developers reference is a far better place to put these kinds
 of things than policy itself. 

 >> Policy is also not a stick to shake at developers after they
 >> close bugs that you reported on the issue.

 Anthony> No, it's a tool to resolve confusion amongst developers:
 Anthony> "Descriptions should be short and not include useless words"
 Anthony> or "Descriptions should make grammatically correct
 Anthony> sentences".

	I doubt that a period causes much confusion. We leave trivial
 things not required for integration up to the individual
 developer. Making policy a strait jacket by constraining developers to
 every little detail of packaging is just making the task more onerous,
 for little return. 

 Anthony> You want to inflate this to GR? Don't you have more useful
 Anthony> things you could be doing?

	Quite so. Responding to silly policy proposals comes low in
 the list. Don't you have better things to do than make it possible
 to file 2000 serious bugs against packages?

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