[Mageia-discuss] Suggestions

Wayne Sallee Wayne at WayneSallee.com
Mon Oct 25 02:19:19 CEST 2010

Michael Scherer wrote on 10/23/2010 08:52 PM:
> Le dimanche 24 octobre 2010 à 02:09 +0200, Tux99 a écrit :
>> Come on... the effort of adding a decent description is minimal for a
>> packager, the effort for a normal user of making a patch is much
>> higher, this is not a very friendly answer towards the users...
> I think I demonstrated in the past that constant friendliness toward
> users is not one of my distinctive characteristics.
> The patch arguent is invalid, because people can also send mail, like
> "here is a better description of package $FOO because I didn't
> understood the current one and I wanted to help".
> So while sending a email and finding the packager email can be hard for
> some people, I doubt that sending a email is hard for everybody.
> If writing a decent description is easy and almost effortless, and if
> sending a email is easy, then what is difficult into doing both ?
I agree that it is only logical to contribute by e-mailing the packager 
about an improvement need in the package, but some packagers don't want 
you e-mailing them about their package.

As a community distro, we want to try to make it comfortable and easy 
for everyone to get involved.

Knowing that many packagers are not going to want you e-mailing them 
about their package, reduces the number of people that will take the 
time to e-mail them with such contribution. Of course what makes it 
easier for one, makes it harder for another, so there needs to be 
balance there. Sometimes our expectations are expecting too much from 
the other who is working a lot of thankless hours to keep the distro going.

It's all about balance and efficiency, and making it easy for people to 
start contributing, and realizing that some jobs are more time consuming 
than we might think.

Developing systems and protocols help keep things running efficient, and 
moving forward.

Wayne Sallee
Wayne at WayneSallee.com

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