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maint policy: Reword/expand the ambiguous "as few changes as possible" phrase
authorSteve Hay <steve.m.hay@googlemail.com>
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:29:36 +0000 (13:29 +0000)
committerSteve Hay <steve.m.hay@googlemail.com>
Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:15:59 +0000 (08:15 +0000)
commit366d02b54239cc826a2c1ea80fe2117a2869ab39
tree12f4a9344b522cf51c4bbd27986379d120c76719
parenta969a3c5c3f9d9395fbcacd501f00ddda31745b3
maint policy: Reword/expand the ambiguous "as few changes as possible" phrase

This phrase caused much debate during the release of 5.20.2. A literal
interpretation of it would be just a version bump, which was clearly not
its intention. Debate ensued as to what was its real meaning, and the
consensus seemed to be that the list of "acceptable"/"unacceptable" types
of change was about right, but that not every eligible change should be
included. Not many committers are interested in reviewing a long list of
minor spelling corrections etc, causing a lack of interest in voting, and
an attendant risk of something important being missed amongst all the
"noise". The focus should mainly be on security / crash / regression /
installation issues, with the aim being to produce a worthwhile release
without needlessly increasing risk and/or burning people out. I hope the
new wording captures this.
pod/perlpolicy.pod