Emily Shaffer <emilyshaf...@google.com> writes:

> I think comparing this habit to the .gitignore isn't quite fair -
> .gitignore tells me I forgot to add my new command binary to it, when I
> run `git status` to see what I need to add to my commit with new
> command.

That is why I said that we need to actively work on, if we care
about getting quality reports.

I do not think it is unreasonable to expect the build procedure for
"git bugreport" to involve scanning in Documentation/config/ to pick
up variable names, annotated in such a way that is invisible to
AsciiDoc to allow us tell which ones are sensitive and which ones
are not.  A test in t/ could even check if a documented
configuration variable has such an annotation.  A commit that adds
configuration variables without documentiong them does exist, but
variables without documentation are (1) bugs, and (2) are not worth
serious engineering effort on until they get documented.

I am not saying that you must implement the whitelist exactly like
the above.  I am not even saying that this must be whitelist and not
blacklist---you'd have the same issue maintaining the list anyway.

The above is merely to illustrate the reason why I think that the
kind of "active work" to make sure that the list will not go stale
would be feasible.

Thanks.

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