Short, task-based bzr doclets for real-world use cases.

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Thu Jan 22 08:59:10 GMT 2009

"Stephen J. Turnbull" <stephen at> writes:

> Karl Fogel writes:
>  > We can have pointers to it, tantalizing footnotes that say things
>  > like "If you're planning to be a regular contributor to project
>  > foo, then you can set things up in a more efficient way -- see
>  > <HERE> for details."
> I don't think that's a good idea. I (for one) don't find such
> footnotes tantalizing, I find them foreboding.

I think the fact that the “quick setup just for a bug fix” scenario
*must* at least mention that it's deliberately choosing a
less-efficient configuration in the interest of simplicity.

At least that way, if the user notices the performance is rather
lagging compared to $OTHER_VCS, they have a decent chance of
remembering that special note was made of this in the quick setup

Otherwise, I can only see such a document setting newbies up to
confirm the “Bazaar is slow, just like everyone keeps saying” meme —
and at that point, we will lose a significant proportion of
prospective users *forever*, because most people will not re-visit
their initial conclusions.

First impressions matter. If we deliberately choose to make the first
impression a poor-performance one (by a procedure for first-time users
that sets it up that way), we need to combat that impression as
directly as we can.

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Ben Finney

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