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From: Derrick Stolee <stolee@gmail.com>
To: Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>
Cc: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>,
	Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget <gitgitgadget@gmail.com>,
	git@vger.kernel.org, me@ttaylorr.com,
	Derrick Stolee <dstolee@microsoft.com>,
	"brian m. carlson" <sandals@crustytoothpaste.net>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] revision: --include-diversions adds helpful merges
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2020 07:52:34 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <076b4bf6-2bc5-97d2-2a50-d6d59ea85221@gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <xmqqimi9o705.fsf@gitster.c.googlers.com>

On 4/8/2020 8:08 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Derrick Stolee <stolee@gmail.com> writes:
> 
>>>> In my latest attempt at documentation, I called these merges "diverters"
>>>> yet still used "--include-diversions". Here are a few other words that we
>>>> could use:
>>>>
>>>>  * diverters or diversions
>>>>  * redirects
>>>>  * switches (think railroad switch). Synonym: exchange
>>>>  * detours
>>>
>>> ...none of the above tells me that they are not no-op (in other
>>> words, they do something meaningful), so I must be coming from
>>> a direction different from you are.  What redirects from what other
>>> thing, for example?
>>
>> The merges do something meaningful: they "merge in" a "real" change.
> 
> Yes, but "redirect", "switch", "detour", or "divert" do not quite
> mean "merging in a real change", at least to me.

Makes sense to me. The way you explain why certain words don't work
for you helps me think of new words to describe these merges:

 * signposts
 * guides
 * signals

For the argument, we cwould add "-merge" to each of these, such as
"--signpost-merges" or "--signal-merges".

I'm going to keep replying to this thread with ideas until someone
says "This one makes sense to me" or an equivalent. Alternatively,
someone else could present an idea and then I get to say "Aha!
That captures this concept clearly with an obvious metaphor!"

Thanks,
-Stolee

  reply	other threads:[~2020-04-09 11:52 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-08  1:22 Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-08  1:30 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08  1:39   ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-08 15:28     ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-08 19:46       ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08 20:05         ` Jeff King
2020-04-08 20:22           ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-08 21:35             ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-08 23:59               ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-09  0:08                 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 11:52                   ` Derrick Stolee [this message]
2020-04-09 14:28                   ` Philip Oakley
2020-04-09 15:56                     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 17:20                       ` Derrick Stolee
2020-04-09 18:24                         ` Jeff King
2020-04-09 18:55                           ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-09 19:21                             ` Jeff King
2020-04-08  2:13 ` brian m. carlson
2020-04-08 18:48 ` Jeff King
2020-04-09  0:01 ` [PATCH v2] " Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 12:19   ` [PATCH v3] revision: --show-pulls " Derrick Stolee via GitGitGadget
2020-04-10 20:06     ` Junio C Hamano
2020-04-10 21:43       ` Derrick Stolee

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