On 22 July 2015 at 03:18, Stephen J. Turnbull email@example.com wrote:
The only practical suggestion from "the core" has been self- restraint on the part of "the crowd"
I would have said the following has been covered, but maybe not. At the risk of repeating something that's already been said, here are some guidelines for people asking for comments on a commit.
Post once. Don't post again until there is some feedback from the core dev addressed - the reason threads become self-sustaining is that people respond to each other without any new input from the "other side" (i.e. the core dev who made the commit/decision).
Do your research - read the issue tracker comments before posting. Look at dates, times, and history. The commit that triggered this thread was made over a year ago - we're discussing ancient history here - and the original issue was raised by the lead developer on mock. There's not a lot of explanation in there, so maybe asking for more detail is acceptable, but what's wrong with a comment on the issue along the lines of "I know this is history, but are there links to any discussion on including the assret mis-spelling that I could read up on?")
Prefer comments on the tracker over mailing list discussions. Consider hard why you feel it's necessary to take the discussion to a forum with a wider readership. Honestly assess whether or not you're simply hoping to muster numbers in support of your view. If your arguments are no better than "look, lots of people agree with me", then leave it to someone with more compelling arguments (if there are any) to speak up.
Seriously consider, if you don't use the functionality in question, why do you feel entitled to an opinion? Bystanders' views are not disallowed, but you should start from the assumption that the opinions of people directly affected by the change have far more weight than yours.
Assume that the decision was well-considered and made with good reasons. If you don't understand the reasons, and feel you need to, ask for them, but refrain from judgement until you have the reasons. The original mail in this thread ("is this a joke?" is a particularly bad violation of this rule - does anyone seriously think a core dev commits code as a joke???).
Yes, these constitute a very high bar for commenters. So what? The bars being set by commenters on core developers are also very high.