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Re: [RFC] Target aware commit message processing

From: Peter Wemm <peter_at_wemm.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 16:56:32 -0700

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 4:48 PM, Justin Erenkrantz
<justin_at_erenkrantz.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 4:41 PM, Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com> wrote:
> > "Justin Erenkrantz" <justin_at_erenkrantz.com> writes:
> > > If we do this (and it'd be cool, I think), I'd almost wonder if we
> > > should prompt the user to confirm "yes" or "no" that SVN processed the
> > > changed files correctly. This seems like a case where belt and
> > > suspenders are good. -- justin
> >
> > No, users will just habituate to typing "yes", and stop checking. (It's
> > possible to have yes/no prompts that users don't habituate to, but only
> > when those prompts appear in exceptional cases -- if they appear for
> > common cases, then they will inevitably be habituated to.)
> Well, I'd only prompt when the stuff below the marker changes...so I
> don't think the prompting would be *that* common. -- justin

I use this feature frequently in perforce. IMHO, There's no need to
prompt, because there's no destructive outcomes possible. The worst
case scenario is that you delete more than you should have, and have
to run another svn commit to get the changes committed. At the end of
the day, the result is the same.

I feel that 'Are you sure?' prompts should be reserved for
non-intuitive procedures, changes that have grave or destructive
consequences, or those that are particularly hard to undo. Don't
teach people to get used to the prompts.

Peter Wemm - peter_at_wemm.org; peter_at_FreeBSD.org; peter_at_yahoo-inc.com
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