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Re: What is the point of bug-lilypond?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: What is the point of bug-lilypond?
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 19:32:37 +0200
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Jean Abou Samra <jean@abou-samra.fr> writes:

> (Sorry, not replying to all was an oversight.)
> On 16/10/2021 17:31, Dan Eble <dan@lyric.works> wrote:
>> On Oct 16, 2021, at 10:58, Jonas Hahnfeld via Discussions on
>> LilyPond development <lilypond-devel@gnu.org> wrote:
>> >
>> > in my opinion we want to
>> > send users to the mailing list by default.
>> I don't devote much time to handling bugs (until I'm tagged), but
>> the reports that have come directly through the GitLab UI have been
>> of mixed quality.  Triage on the mailing list is beneficial.
> OK, I'm the only weirdly opinionated one in the room. Let's scrap the
> proposal.

I think it's worth pointing out that "triage on the mailing list is
beneficial" is glossing over the real point: James is doing a great job.
This discussion is sort of staying in the abstract about this point but
without someone dedicated to actually maintaining the connection between
mailing list and bug tracker (historically, we had a "bug squad" with a
"Bug Meister" who is still listed as Colin Hall, but unless I am
mistaken, it's mostly James who is actually working in this function in
addition to being "Patch Meister") the situation would look different
under evaluation.

The setup involving a number of volunteers as a precursor to getting
them more into the project was something that Graham set up and was
rather successful at keeping at work.  It eroded during my tenure and
current developers may take for granted the position(s) that James has
unerringly been serving in for a really really large amount of time now.

Given the rather large and ongoing service he has provided to LilyPond,
it's a bit jarring to see that kind of discussion where his role and
involvement are sort of given the kind of consideration that a CI script

Not that I am guilty of that here myself: the average LilyPond
developer's experience and opinion about the topic may differ from
Jean's exactly because we've seen and discussed the difference this
makes to LilyPond, but part of the reason it does of course is that
there actually are/is people/someone who care/s.

David Kastrup

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