GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 19, 2005 1:49 UTC (Fri) by hp
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An initial patch is very much not "all the work for you." Any practicing software developer can tell you that at least 80% of the work is maintenance, not the patch. I don't know a thing about Evo external composer and haven't read the bug, but I can easily imagine the poor maintainer having to work around some complicated external editor mess when implementing features, and having to endure endless bug reports about how external Emacs doesn't quite work in various ways, or vim changed how it works and Evo needs adapting, and so forth.
It could easily be a major time sink.
As it happens I've already written this argument down too: http://ometer.com/features.html
On the "it would be easy if it weren't badly designed" comment, I don't know where you get Magic Programming Silver Bullet(tm) with no tradeoffs or costs, but if you have it by all means come design things for us!
In the end I think most people who flame passionately about a small feature miss the simple point that there are hundreds of people flaming passionately about hundreds of small features. The maintainer is seeing the hundreds, and you are seeing the one.
Maintainers need some way to prioritize that.
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