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Re: Questions in/on the code [was: svn commit: r33900 - trunk/subversion/libsvn_wc]

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 05:04:53 -0700

On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 4:48 AM, Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-10-28 at 11:06 -0700, Greg Stein wrote:
>> Why is it horrible? How are you tracking that you need to research
>> these questions? Or maybe somebody else knows the answers.
>
> It's horrible to ask questions about the code by inserting them into the
> code
>
> 1. because it's a poor channel for discussion, it implies I have no
> more effective way to talk to colleagues, and useful changes to the code

In short: you don't. And that is the problem that questions like that address.

It's 5am here, so I'm not going to go on at length. But basically,
your alternatives in the rest of this email are all very less
effective than leaving those questions in there for others to see, be
wary of, to answer, or to remove because *they* know the answer is "no
problem".

Removing the questions now implies that we have unknown potential
problems. Areas that you worked on but are NOT SURE that you got
right, but there is no documentation for that fact. Other than in your
head. And that is an awful state for us to be in.

You CANNOT depend upon code reviews. Period. That isn't the answer to
resolving your questions.

Cheers,
-g

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