Pain points in Git's patch flow

Eric Wong e at
Wed Apr 28 17:21:38 AEST 2021

Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason <avarab at> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 19 2021, Eric Wong wrote:
> > Son Luong Ngoc <sluongng at> wrote:
> >> [...]
> >> 3. Isssue with archive:
> >> 
> >> - I don't find the ML archive trivial for new comers.  It took me a bit
> >>   of time to realize: 'Oh if I scroll to bottom and find the "Thread 
> >>   overview" then I can navigate a mailing thread a lot easier'.
> >
> > (I'm the maintainer of public-inbox, the archival software you
> > seem to be referring to).
> >
> > I'm not sure how to make "Thread overview" easier to find
> > without cluttering the display near the top.  Maybe I'll try
> > aria labels in the Subject: link...
> I'd say the bare-bones style of it is probably jarring to most users
> today. I had to check if the site even had any CSS at all.
> I.e. I think a more intuitive UI to users today would probably be some
> collapsible side-bar on the left of the screen, which would have a
> threaded view. The "Archives are clonable" would probably belong in some
> "help" tab in such a UI.

The plan is to support read-only JMAP, so it's a stable API that
users can build their own displays on top of (of course, NNTP
and IMAP support already exists).

I can't make drastic UI changes such as a sidebar without
breaking things for users who like the current UI.  I only know
about GNOME3 and Digg because they made drastic UI changes that
angered their existing userbase.

The current UI is designed to for a terminal with w3m|lynx since
it's the lowest common denominator.  Graphics drivers/stacks
seem to be most frequently broken thing on GNU/Linux systems, so
it's important users can find patches/configs/help easily with a
text-only browser in order to get graphics working.

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