On 01/29/2016 03:05 PM, Alvaro Herrera wrote:
Joshua D. Drake wrote:

I think the best question to ask is:

"What is the problem we are trying to solve?"

The problem is alluring more patch reviewers, beta testers and bug

Do we really want patch reviewers, beta testers and bug reporters that are doing it because we created a fixed template for commit messages that may mention their name?

One of the offers is to credit them (I'm not exactly clear
on what is the group to benefit from this, but the phrasing used in the
meeting was "contributors to the release") by having a section somewhere
in the release notes with a list of their names.

I can see this as being a nice thing but knowing that someone is a contributor isn't hard. There is a contributor list on the website and it is obvious from mail lists, archives and simple searches who is actually participating.

This proposal is
different from the previous proposal because their names wouldn't appear
next to each feature.

That certainly is a good thing.

So the problem, of course, is collating that list of names, and the
point of having a commit template is to have a single, complete source
of truth from where to extract the info.

I think the problem is that we think that this is somehow going to allure more people. I also think it is a quick step from:

Oh, Alvaro helped a lot with that.


On, 2Q wrote that feature.

Any smart business is going to push for that once we start down this path in earnest.


Joshua D. Drake

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