[CentOS-docs] New User Wishes to Contribute

R P Herrold

herrold at centos.org
Thu Oct 1 22:02:05 UTC 2009

On Thu, 1 Oct 2009, Brian Mathis wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 3:45 PM, R P Herrold <herrold at centos.org> wrote:

>> herrold:
>> because creating a problem and fixing it ex post is harder
>> than not creating it in the first place

> Spam issues aside, that is the very concept of Wikipedia and other
> wikis, and also for all modern VCS tools, and most of them have proven
> that line of thinking really doesn't hold up.

That's clearly one opinion but not stats based that I can see 
-- it is not observationally true that I can see

-- As a counter example, recall a wiki entry I saw on the 
Wikipedia declaring Mike Harris [the upstream's long time X 
maintainer] to be the 42nd Emperor of Ontario

     snip more theory
>  ... As soon as it's open, you'll have more people 
> monitoring and more people who can fix errors as they are 
> introduced.

I'm one of the ones reading all commits and doing rough cut 
triage, and the theory you put forth is not the reality I see, 
even with the present 'find and ask model'

Check out the created and abandoned xen articles in our wiki 
-- who cares enough to stop writing new pages and complete 
fixups?  The ML pre-vetting is a talkers debating society by 
and large, from what I see in commits.  ;)

As I suggest: If it is not core variances, it goes to 
'projects' wiki, and I'll ignore it and whatever else the cat 
drags in (with an appropriate subscription rule) so long as it 
has a warning sign for the unwary

my $0.02

- Russ herrold

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