[list ettiqute] Improving list subjects regarding commits

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Fri Feb 10 20:03:23 MST 2012

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 09:04:08AM +1100, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> (trying again, I expressed my proposal very poorly initially)
> I've noticed that quite often in response to commit e-mails, that we (me
> included) often simply reply to the commit message generated by git.
> This message has a very generic title, '[SCM] Samba Shared Repository -
> branch ...' that does not tell the reader very much about the commit.
> In contrast, we go to great effort to title our commits with short,
> relevant titles and an even shorter prefix.  
> As our replies often relate to only one commit in an autobuild, I would
> like to encourage list members to to use commit titles as 'Subject:'
> headers in follow up replies about commits posted to samba-technical.
> (I and a few others try to do this).
> This would not only helps those reading the list in real time to know if
> a mail is important to them right away, but is really helpful when
> browsing the archives looking for a past discussion. 
> As an additional proposal, and to help (at least) me to do this every
> time, I wondered about using the mailman 'spam filter' functionality to
> moderate messages that appear to be simple replies, eg matching exactly
> '^Re: [SCM] Samba Shared Repository - branch'.
> What do others think?

+1 from me, I also mess this up regularly when commenting on commits.


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