On Sun, 2021-02-21 at 13:04 -0800, Gregory P. Smith wrote:
The main thing from a project maintenance perspective is for platforms to not become a burden to other code maintainers. PRs need to be reviewed. Every #if/#endif in code is a cognitive burden. So being a minor platform can come with unexpected breakages that need fixing due to other changes made in the codebase that did not pay attention to the platform. As we cannot expect everyone working on code to care about anything beyond the tier-1 fully supported platforms, buildbot or not.
I have to disagree -- the support code (even if any is actually necessary) does not have to be a burden. Generally 'hobbyists' don't have a problem that the support for their platform becomes broken accidentally, or even deliberately because it blocks something else. They understand that others don't have hardware, time or motivation to maintain support for their platform properly.
They themselves have limited time to work on it. So it's entirely fine for things to break occasionally, and they provide fixes as their time permits. They don't ask others to maintain their code. There's no real maintenance burden involved.
In fact, this whole thread feels like removing 80%-complete translations from a program because they 'burden developers' and confuse users. Even if the translations are not actively updated and degenerates with strings changing, some users find them helpful.