[list ettiqute] Improving list subjects regarding commits

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at samba.org
Sat Feb 11 06:07:56 MST 2012

Am 10/02/12 23:04, schrieb Andrew Bartlett:
> (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?
This seems like the wrong thing to fix to me. Why are the commit email 
subjects so generic? Can't we fix those to be something like:

[SCM/Samba] e87d98c s3:vfs_gpfs:quieten an expectable warning message

That would automatically get us a more sensible subject?



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