Submitting doc bug reports without SF registration

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Sep 3 23:37:52 CEST 2005

In response to posts about the overhead of registering as SourceForge to 
submit quick doc typo/bug reports, I sent an email to docs AT 
(== Fred Drake) about submitting via that address instead.

He responded that he really does not want specific action items sent there 
because such email only goes to him and can get lost or not read for 
awhile.  Tracker reports, on the other hand, give immediate feedback of 
reception and are immediately readable and possibly acted on by anyone who 
reviews tracker items.  Indeed, fixes sometimes happen within a day or two.

On the other hand, he can see that registration could be just enough 
barrier to stop someone and does not want that either.  He knows that the 
docs 'need more attention and fresh eyes!'  So he suggested two 

1. A DocImprovement wiki.  People could optionally sign up for update 
reports on specific wiki pages.

2. A new SF tracker, only for doc bugs, that would accept anonymous 
submissions.  The other trackers require login because most items need 
additional feedback from requestors.  But reports like "On page x.y.x, 
'seperate' should be 'separate'" do not require feedback unless the 
requestor wants the 'fixed, thank you' comment emailed.

As an item reviewer, I prefer the second, but we are both curious as to the 
preference of potential no-login reporters.

Terry J. Reedy

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