multiple reports of same bug-needs fixing

Phillip Susi psusi at
Sat Jun 2 01:49:30 UTC 2012

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On 06/01/2012 08:47 PM, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM, Phillip Susi <psusi at> wrote:
>> On 06/01/2012 03:59 PM, Sam Smith wrote:
>> Once is fine.  A second time after a week or three is too.  Three times in as many days is the definition of spam.
> What bad dictionary do you use?  Or are these just subjective semantics?

Obviously it's subjective.

Do you consider repeating a question on IRC once every minute spamming?  Every 5 minutes?  Most people would say yes.  You take that time out to once an hour and in that time frame new people often join the channel, or come back from AFK and tend not to read everything that was said while they were gone, so repeating after an hour is likely to get someone's attention that otherwise would not have noticed.

On a mailing list, the audience isn't changing frequently and the messages generally are all read so if nobody replies, it is probably because either nobody knows, or nobody cares.  Often times people go 24 hours or more before catching up on reading the list, so that isn't even enough time for everyone to have seen your message, and had a chance to reply.  Given those two factors, repeating yourself every day is a waste of everyone's time.

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