>>>> "ms" == Michael Sperber
Stephen> So who's going to bell the cat?
ms> This is beyond my understanding of English. :-) Could you
There's an old fable about the mice deciding to put a nice loud bell
on the cat for reasons of public safety, but all the mice decline the
honor of actually facing the cat. There's a more modern analogy, of
managing programmers to herding cats.
ms> I was (and am) happy with the general direction of the change,
ms> just not with its consequences, so this isn't likely to have
ms> gotten caught by review.
Ah, OK. Actually on rereading that's clear from your original post; I
have to wonder if I've been in Japan too long to be considered a
native speaker of English, myself. :-þ
I still think we have a process problem here, but I'll see what I can
do about minimizing burden on programmers before making any
suggestions. Jamie's implicit proposal ("everybody spend one hour
thinking about impact on Jamie for every two hours at the keyboard")
is insane, of course. Having some one person write the NEWS is by far
most efficient, I think (even though I dislike the task a lot), but
it's too easy to miss these little nuances. I'm not sure how to
construct a compromise that catches this kind of thing cheaply.
And then there's the perennial "if we'd get the release cycle down to
6-9 months, Jamie could just blow up once per release cycle" strategy.
ms> I'm not sure Ben was.
I suspect that Ben did this on purpose. The "make life bearable for
MS users" was the original motivation; the fact that the default in
question is global smacks of "it's good enough for everybody".
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