[coreboot] links in commit messages: don't do it.

WANG Siyuan wangsiyuanbuaa at gmail.com
Wed Oct 16 04:28:59 CEST 2013


The driver download url has changed......It was not this page when I
push this patch.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 5:16 AM, ron minnich <rminnich at gmail.com> wrote:
> Since I have to deal with bad URLs on a daily basis, and just hit
> another one yesterday in a different repo, sorry, my opinion on this
> isn't up for changing. I actually thought (a long time ago) as you do
> now, but my experience with URLs is not that happy. Sorry. I expect
> that URLs will continue to make it into the repo one way or another,
> but I will continue to oppose such practice.
>
> Committ messages are archival. At some point, when the Web was new,
> people would put URLs in citations (me included). That practice has
> started to come under fire in the archival literature due to the stale
> link problem. What we did when the Web was new is not necessarily what
> we do today. Few people in the 1990s anticipated the scale of the web
> as it is today. It's far more useful to put a searchable string
> (rocket systems 1984 superio with platinum thrusters) than a URL which
> will almost certainly be bad in a few years.
>
> But if you're going to dump a URL in a commit message, for goodness
> sake, at least have it point at something other than a form!
>
> ron
>
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Yours sincerely,
WANG Siyuan



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