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From: Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@...>
Subject: Re: zlib breakage
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2011 06:49:32 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Frysinger posted on Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:10:43 -0400 as excerpted:

> it was purely to keep people from continuing to whine with circular
> logic.
>  if bugzilla had a way to temporarily lock comments, i would have used
> that.

In theory, that'd be a useful feature.  In fact, probably not so much, as 
it simply encourages people to complain much more visibly, very possibly 
in a PR-adverse way.

You could see it was circular logic, but what if he had blogged about it 
and that blog had hit the FLOSS media circuit?  How many FLOSS reporters 
would have seen that it was circular logic based on his blog and a locked 
(comment or visibility) bug?  What about all their readers?

Additionally, that bug was referenced in a number of changelog entries.  
How useful is a link to a locked bug, for those looking for more info, as 
I, for instance did (as I often do with -rX bumps, since information 
that's significant enough to cause a gentoo revision bump in the absence 
of an upstream version bump is often significant enough for me as an 
admin to want to be aware of)?

Unfortunately, locking a bug to kill the whining is likely to have rather 
more negative effects than one might have anticipated.  One would think 
comment locking would be a logical enough extension to have been 
implemented by now; perhaps this is why it hasn't been.  (Full visibility 
locking is of course different, security bugs and all.)

Duncan - List replies preferred.   No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master."  Richard Stallman

Re: Re: zlib breakage
-- Mike Frysinger
zlib breakage
-- Nikos Chantziaras
Re: zlib breakage
-- Andreas K. Huettel
Re: zlib breakage
-- Mike Frysinger
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