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Re: Bendikker's changes to gnu package entries

From: Donald Robertson
Subject: Re: Bendikker's changes to gnu package entries
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 08:11:51 -0400
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On 3/21/20 3:58 AM, Mikko Viinamäki wrote:
> Hi there! Directory user Bendikker has taken upon himself to add some
> things to all gnu package entries.
> From the mouth of the horse:
> Example edit:
> Approved revision with such changes:

In general I think having nice formatted standard text for GNU packages
is a plus. The only one that gives me pause is the text for
decommissioned packages telling people to email the generic maintainers
email address. Maybe that change was done in discussion with the folks
that receive emails at that address but otherwise I'm not sure that's
really how we want to direct people should they choose to pick up the
mantle. A lot of those decommissioned works are so old that really if
you were to pick them back up you'd likely just be making a new package,
and if that's the case then GNU evaluation is maybe a better place to
direct people.
> Do we like those changes or should those be removed? I think the
> intention is good but the effect might seem a bit spammy. Also, perhaps
> if wanted any such changes should come automagically with |Is GNU=Yes
> rather than by a hand job.

If someone can set that up could probably save some time.
Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
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