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From: Felipe Contreras <>
To: Philippe Blain <>
Cc: "D.E. Goodman-Wilson" <>,
	"brian m. carlson" <>,
	Git mailing list <>,
	Junio C Hamano <>,
	Johannes Schindelin <>
Subject: Re: The master branch rename, and avoiding another v1.6.0 git-foo fiasco
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:49:34 -0600
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 7:53 AM Philippe Blain
<> wrote:

> > This discussion never happened.
> >
> > Everyone in the June thread argued about the different names of the
> > potential branch, and the culture war implications. Virtually *nobody*
> > argued about the manner of implementation: deprecation period, clear
> > warnings, Git 3.0 consideration.
> I couldn't agree more. We really need to be warning users several versions in advance,
> and I mean months or even years. I don't wan't to come up with a number, but I would
> guess that maybe 85 %, (or even 95 % ?) of the world-wide Git user base is unaware that any discussion
> on that topic ever took place.

More like 99.9%.

> Brian mentioned that some people voicing their concern on the list did not abide by the code of conduct.
> There was also very vocal disagreement voiced in the Git-for-Windows GitHub project before the
> discussion reached the mailing list, of which a lot was also considered to not abide by that project's
> code of conduct. While I agree that discussion should be done with respect, and some people that
> are driven to react to such important changes might not be aware of any code of conduct they should
> follow, because they don't participate in the "day-to-day" life of the project, just the fact that they even
> care enough to voice their disagreement should be a big red flag in terms of how this change should be done,
> in my opinion.

Yes, the abrasive tone of those users did not help, but neither does
tone policing. At the end of the day they did some valid arguments,
and it will be the users that suffer because the project decided to
focus on the tone, rather than the argument.

> I had avoided commenting on this whole subject, but the main point you are bringing,
> that such a change, if done, should be made with great care to our user base and a lot
> more warning, is a very important one.

Indeed. I am debating whether or not I should bring up the arguments
nobody brought up in that big discussion, because in 2020 the concept
of freedom of speech is lost, and merely stating facts can get you
banned from a community, or worse. But the facts remain true.

For now I think this is the imminent issue, and a warning must be
issued so that users know what is coming. I suspect when they realize
what's coming, they will preemptively complain in the mailing list.

We'll see. But sneaking this change is *definitely* going to upset
many users, making the problem worse.


Felipe Contreras

  reply	other threads:[~2020-11-13 15:50 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 25+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-11-13  0:04 Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13  1:01 ` brian m. carlson
2020-11-13  4:27   ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13  5:14     ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2020-11-13  6:28       ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13 14:58         ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2020-11-13 15:37           ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13 16:08           ` Michal Suchánek
2020-11-14 14:19           ` Lukasz Niemier
2020-11-15  3:46             ` Theodore Y. Ts'o
2020-11-15  4:27               ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-19  1:02               ` Brandon Casey
2020-11-19  4:16                 ` Peter Hadlaw
2020-11-19 13:37                 ` Konstantin Ryabitsev
2020-11-19 21:25                   ` Junio C Hamano
2020-11-19 23:29                     ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-20 19:14                     ` Konstantin Ryabitsev
2020-11-19 21:29                   ` Brandon Casey
2020-11-20  0:34                     ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13  6:09     ` Don Goodman-Wilson
     [not found]     ` <>
2020-11-13  6:47       ` Felipe Contreras
2020-11-13 13:53         ` Philippe Blain
2020-11-13 15:49           ` Felipe Contreras [this message]
2020-11-23 15:39           ` Whinis
2020-11-20 18:38     ` Ismael Luceno

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