The Developer Documentation had instructions to
subscribe to the ffmpeg-cvslog email list. But that is
no longer accurate. For the purposes in this section --
review of patches, discussion of development issues --
ffmpeg_devel is the appropriate email list. Some developers
may want to monitor ffmpeg-cvslog, but it is not mandatory.

This is v3 of this doc, based on discussion in thread
and in response to docs Maintainer comments in

1. In doc/developer.texi, add a new section about
ffmpeg-devel, based on existing text from ffmpeg-cvslog
section regarding discussion of patches and of
development issues. Reflect wording from discussion at
but with copy-editing to make wording more concise.

2. In doc/developer.texi, rewrite the ffmpeg-cvslog section
to match the current usage of ffmpeg-cvslog. Some
developers choose to follow this list, but it is not

There are a lot of improvements possible to the
Developer Documentation page, beyond this refactoring.
However, making those improvements is a much bigger
and more difficult task.  This change is "low hanging

Signed-off-by: Jim DeLaHunt <>
 doc/developer.texi | 26 ++++++++++++++++++++++----
 1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/developer.texi b/doc/developer.texi
index 89124a295c..65f2630e69 100644
--- a/doc/developer.texi
+++ b/doc/developer.texi
@@ -380,12 +380,30 @@ always check values read from some untrusted source 
before using them
 as array index or other risky things.
 @section Documentation/Other
+@subheading Subscribe to the ffmpeg-devel mailing list.
+It is important to be subscribed to the
+@uref{, ffmpeg-devel}
+mailing list. Almost any non-trivial patch is to be sent there
+for review. Other developers may have comments about your contribution.
+We expect you see those comments, and to improve it if requested.
+(N.B. Experienced committers have other channels,
+and may sometimes skip review for trivial fixes.)
+Also, discussion here about bug fixes and ffmpeg improvements by
+other developers may be helpful information for you.
+Finally, by being a list subscriber, your contribution will be posted
+immediately to the list, without the moderation hold 
+which messages from non-subscribers experience.
+However, it is more important to the project that we receive your
+patch than that you be subscribed to the ffmpeg-devel list. If you
+have a patch, and don't want to subscribe and discuss the patch,
+then please do send it to the list.
 @subheading Subscribe to the ffmpeg-cvslog mailing list.
-It is important to do this as the diffs of all commits are sent there and
-reviewed by all the other developers. Bugs and possible improvements or
-general questions regarding commits are discussed there. We expect you to
-react if problems with your code are uncovered.
+Diffs of all commits are sent to the
+@uref{, ffmpeg-cvslog}
+mailing list. Some developers read this list to review all code base changes
+from all sources. Subscribing to this list is not mandatory.
 @subheading Keep the documentation up to date.
 Update the documentation if you change behavior or add features. If you are

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