[erlang-questions] On announcements [ANN]
Sun Mar 4 07:31:59 CET 2018
I recall going to a website for some opensource program which proudly
stated it was written in python and how you could send a pull request but
never even told you what it did.
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On Fri, Mar 2, 2018 at 1:19 PM, Joe Armstrong <erlang@REDACTED> wrote:
> Many announcements start appear in my inbox like this:
> [erlang-questions] [ANN] SuperWonderFullThing 3.5.1 Released!!!
> Now in many cases (even though I'm a frequent reader of this list)
> I haven't a clue what this program does.
> This is a common format:
> [ANN] <name> <version> Released !!!!
> <details of feature> *
> <Name> is a <short description>
> In extreme cases the short description of what the program does is omitted
> May I respectfully request that all such announcements BEGIN with
> a description
> <Name> is a ....
> Where the ... dots tell me in plain non-technical English what <Name> is
> ... should be rather short - a few lines - not a Proustian paragraph.
> This should be FIRST not LAST and should always be present.
> One thing that never fails to astonish me is arriving at a technical web
> and not having a clue as to what the information is all about.
> I'm sure nobody on this list would do that :-)
> Doing this would probably help spread your wonderful contributions
> - which I'm sure might be great if I knew what they did.
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