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bug#14556: suggestion for 'ls' coreutil, comma'd filesizes in -l output

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: bug#14556: suggestion for 'ls' coreutil, comma'd filesizes in -l output
Date: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:51:21 +0100
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On 06/04/2013 09:20 PM, Eric Blake wrote:
> [adding the list back in the loop; also adding bug-coreutils to get a
> bug number assigned for 2 doc bugs, and slightly reformatting to avoid
> excessive top-posting]
> On 06/04/2013 01:44 PM, smu johnson wrote:
>> I did reply on purpose to you, but only because I wasn't sure about some of
>> the text you wrote in your original reply, and because I didn't realize it
>> was a list until now.
>> I got the first email address from http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/,
>> where it says, "Send general questions or suggestions to: address@hidden".
>> It didn't warn me that sending an email is the equivalent to sending to a
>> mailing list.  So I mistakenly thought you were in charge of answering
>> emails.  My bad, sorry about that.
> My take on this is that you have discovered a doc bug, in that our web
> page is not making it clear that our bug reporting address is a publicly
> archived mailing list (although this setup is typical for most open
> source projects, it is not universal; and it takes an outsider's
> perspective like yours to make us realize that we have unstated
> assumptions that ended up surprising you).  We could probably add a
> sentence or two to the web page that makes it clear that your post goes
> to a list, that we are unable to scrub anything you post (so even though
> we do our best to munge things to minimize the effects, we cannot
> guarantee that spammers will not obtain your address from your post),
> and that list policy is to reply-to-all to keep you in the loop without
> forcing you to subscribe to the list.

Hopefully the current text is now obvious.


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