On Thu, Jul 27, 2006 at 10:11:18AM +0200, Dave Neary wrote:
> Michael Schumacher wrote:
> > The preferred way to submit patches is to attach them to the
> > corresponding bug in Bugzilla. It is easier to keep track of them there,
> > e.g. by indicating that they need work, obsoleting old ones by newly
> > added ones etc.
> > 
> > See http://developer.gimp.org/ for more hints about GIMP development.
> I know you're trying to be helpful here, but when someone submits a
> patch (by any medium), I think our first response should be "thank you".
I know that you are trying to help things out here, dave, but when
someone who is already busy with things decides to help direct traffic,
our first response should be, "yay! michael is still active" and then,
"thank you, michael".

> Since this is Karl's first patch, it would be nice to put the patch in
> Bugzilla for him, and say "Thanks Karl! I've attached your patch to the
> bugzilla report for review." I'm guessing Karl is a smart guy, and would
> deduce "Ah - patches should probably be submitted in Bugzilla for
> review". I've noticed that Sven does things like that regularly, by the way.
> If your first response is "you're doing it wrong - here's how to send a
> patch", the chances of a next time are reduced. Now, I know I'm slightly
> exaggerating the tone, but small stuff like this makes a difference in
> making a place more welcoming and friendly, and we should all try to
> make the developers mailing list more welcoming and friendly.
since michael is showing signs of perhaps juggling a few too many things
i suggest that our tone be, "Michael, what can I do to help you" instead
of "you can do this additional thing better if you do this thing i think
you should do".  this would help for everyone to keep it in perspective.

and dave, thanks for your continued interest and willingness to express
an opinion of how everyone should speak to each other.  without such
dedication to the project, i wonder where we would be now?


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