[aur-general] Mandatory comment along with OOD-flag

Philipp Überbacher hollunder at lavabit.com
Wed Sep 21 04:43:08 EDT 2011

Excerpts from rafael ff1's message of 2011-09-21 00:07:47 +0200:
> 2011/9/20 Lukas Fleischer <archlinux at cryptocrack.de>:
> > On Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:26:35AM +0200, nem wrote:
> >> On Wed, 14 Sep 2011 12:23:54 +0200 Lukas Fleischer
> >> <archlinux at cryptocrack.de> wrote:
> >> > I kind of like the idea of adding a comment field. I wondered why some
> >> > package has been flagged out-of-date a couple of times and I think
> >> > having an additional comment might make things easier. -1 to making it
> >> > mandatory, though. Martti already gave a reason.
> >> >
> >> > Anyway, could you please file a feature request?
> >>
> >>
> >> i'm not sure what you have in mind by 'additional comment' - but if
> >> someone _wants_ to make a comment, he probably will anyway in the
> >> normal comments. another commentfield just for OOD would be redundant,
> >> or am i missing your point?
> >
> > A separate comment box on a separate "flag package out-of-date" page
> > (similar to what archweb does) to
> >
> > * Allow for sending that comment alongside the notification mail.
> >
> > * Allow for linking the comment to the out-of-date flag (allows TU to
> >  quickly check for a reason without having to read all the comments).
> >
> > * Show some extra information about what "out-of-date" means.
> >
> Lukas, I might be wrong, but this is sort of how flagging out-of-date
> works in official repos, right? It sounds good. Better than being
> mandatory to add a comment in the comments list after flagging ood -
> which I disagree.

Still this assumes that the person who flags will leave a sensible
comment. There's no way to guarantee that this will happen, he could
leave it empty or write asdf or something equally helpful. Yes, having a
sensible reason sent with the out-of-date mail would be nice, but such a
field wont make sure it will help. Currently you get the reason in a
second mail if the person who flags out-of-date leaves a comment,
big deal. I'm not convinced we are talking about a real problem here,
and I don't think the proposed solutions would really improve matters in
any significant way.

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