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Re: RFC: a human-eye date format everyone can love

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_newton.ch.collab.net>
Date: 2002-06-24 21:34:42 CEST

Branko Čibej <brane@xbc.nu> writes:
> +1, perhaps this discussion will finally end.
> I find it most amusing that the display date format is *the* most
> controversial subject in Subversion. Talk about bikesheds ... :-)


Seriously: I don't think "bikeshed" is synonymous with "unimportant".
What makes this a bikeshed is that many people have enough background
to post a opinion with confidence. It doesn't mean the issue isn't
important. In general, the length of the thread has no correlation
with the importance of the issue, as far as I can tell, because the
*complexity* of an issue has no correlation with its importance.

Bikesheds are a slippery thing, more deep than amusing IMHO. If you
think you know a good solution to problem X, but you find that many
other people also think they have good solutions, you have two
choices: you can either participate in a long discussion, or default
to allowing all controversial issues like X to be decided by those who
are willing to discuss them the longest. Thus you can end up with all
the trivial and/or comprehensible issues (two unrelated categories)
being decided by a rather random process.

So I try not to "time out" just because I'm tired, and hope others
will do the same. These threads can get long, but they usually lead
to good results. Certainly did in this case, I think.

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Received on Mon Jun 24 21:44:05 2002

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