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Re: Auto Fill Comments

From: Arthur Miller
Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:51:45 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Christopher Dimech <> writes:

>> Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:28 AM
>> From: "Eli Zaretskii" <>
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
>> > From: Christopher Dimech <>
>> > Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 01:47:08 +0100
>> > Sensitivity: Normal
>> > Cc:
>> >
>> > The manuals should be rewritten because they are incomprehensible.
>> > Perhaps it was good in the eighties.  It continues forever.  Consider
>> > "face customisation" for instance, which just means font.  Nobody
>> > fuckin reads a manual with 17 nodes.  You don't know which one to use,
>> > which commands are most useful, and so on.  The problem gets compounded
>> > because every esoteric command is there.
>> >
>> > You are just insisting on something bad and inefficient.
>> Fair warning: if that is your attitude towards our documentation,
>> please be aware that there will be some people here who'd refrain from
>> helping you.  We don't work for you, so if you refuse to help yourself
>> by becoming more proficient with the extensive documentation features
>> in Emacs, we cannot be expected to hold your hand forever.
> It is well known that some at Gnu cannot take criticisms when others
> try to read what others write.  I am a writer by profession.  So spare
> me the "Don't work for you" defensive approach.
I already hinted you that you could hire a professional writer to clean
the swamp for you. Why do you think I told you that? :D

Nobody here works for you. Not Eli, nor everybody else.

Believe me, Emacs documentation is not the problem. You maybe are
writer, but you are certainly not a programmer; otherwise you wouldn't
ask how to start a Java application :-). We all have strengths and
weaknesses; your strength is obviously not programming. Nothing shame in
that, not everybody has to be a programmer.

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