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Re: Auto Fill Comments

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 23:38:15 +0100

> Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:15 PM
> From: "Michael Heerdegen" <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Auto Fill Comments
> Christopher Dimech <> writes:
> > Agreed.  But telling users that one does not work for them is
> > excessive, to say the least.
> Taking care of this manual is excessive.  I have much respect for
> the work Eli is doing.

Quite correct, got to be a group effort.  We can only write on things we 
Yes, writing takes a lot of time.  Never said he should do it all personally.  
as he is the maintainer, he can put that on the todo list and make that public.

> You can never write a manual that fits everyone's expectations.  It fits
> mine quite well.  Yours not, obviously.

It fits up to a certain level.  In source code it is more problematic as
the first try has always been to get to a solution and do it quickly.

I know some who started to work on something else out of frustration,
or because they found code which is too complicated.  I am talking about
extremely bright people here (e.g. Guy Steele, Rich Hickey, Carsten Dominik,
Linus Torvalds).

> But guess you are working on that manual over years, for thousands of
> hours probably.  Say, 90% of people like it, and 10 % don't like it.
> What you get is that these 90% post, "hey, I've read that manual, it was
> great" and eh - no, ehm, they say... nothing, you seldom hear from them;
> and 10% don't like it and are frustrated and tell you it sucks, please
> rewrite.  They didn't really read it and don't really know what they are
> talking about because they can't estimate what it covers and why.
> And if you ask for help everybody is suddenly quiet.  I would be pissed
> off.  I don't know where Eli's motivation comes from.
> Michael.

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