Re: Those ruddy punctuation fixes

Dan Kegel (
Fri, 07 Mar 2003 10:00:04 -0800

Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 11:16:07PM -0800, Dan Kegel wrote:
>>Or is the hubub really about something else? Like people
>>just hate the whole idea, and wish it would go away,
>>and don't really want to discuss it rationally?
> Spelling fixes are annoying ways to break patches that provide no
> user visible value.

Indeed, breaking patches with spelling fixes is a big mistake, and should never be done.

> It also detracts from the character of the
> code: who wants "drain brammage" to be replaced with "brain dammage"?

Nobody. That's why I maintain a spelling police code of conduct at
along with my spellchecking tools. I explicitly say "Do not fix puns!"
and "Have several literate people review your changes!"
- Dan

Dan Kegel

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