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Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Script to generate ChangeLogs automatically
Date: Tue, 04 Dec 2018 19:31:31 -0500

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  > I think some version control system is crucial for large-scale software 
  > development -

  > Likewise, a bug tracker.

  > Likewise, some means of having development discussions around proposed 
  > changes

You're talking about what the _project_ needs, and I basically agree.
But that is not what is pertinent here.  The question here is what we
must require a user to know, in order to do contributions such as (1)
fixing a bug, or (2) developing some additional feature.

More precisely, how far we can _reduce_ what we require a user to know,
to do those things?

For inatance, you use a bug tracker, which is designed so that users
don't need to know how to use it in order to report bugs.

I think it was you that mentioned that there are various cultures for
how to work on developing a program.  To be in the core team, people
must adapt to its culture.  But we must avoid extending that
requirement to people who want to work on the program in any way at

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (https://gnu.org, https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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