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RE: Emacs text bug

From: Drew Adams
Subject: RE: Emacs text bug
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:48:56 -0800

> But why and when does this happen? Without this knowledge
> it's kind of senseless to report.

I disagree with that claim.

While it is always better to base a bug report on more information, even just
reporting a problem can sometimes help.  At the very least it gives Emacs core
developers and other users a heads-up to look further wrt the problem and its
details (e.g. "why and when").

That's already happening, because the OP posted here, thanks to your reply and
his followup wrt encoding.

Staying in one's corner because one does not have all the info or understanding
is too often a brake on progress.

Not every user has the motivation or the means, including time, to dig deeper
and investigate a problem encountered, to determine the why & when.  Just
communicating that there seems to be a problem, even if one is not sure, is a
good start.

There is no way that Emacs developers can completely test every change they
make.  Users reporting questions and perceived problems are indispensable to
getting it right.

IMHO, it is better for users, especially new users or those who feel unsure, to
err on the side of reporting too much than too little.  It is definitely _not_
the case, IMO, that "it's kind of senseless to report" without knowledge of the
why & when.

The OP brought up the question here first, before reporting, in order to pose
ask whether he was missing something.  That's a good thing.  If the replies here
ultimately suggest that "it doesn't already have a solution", then I, for one,
encourage a bug report.

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