[LLVMdev] ANNOUNCEMENT: Removing list prefix

Tanya Lattner lattner at apple.com
Tue Jan 29 12:49:19 PST 2013

On Jan 29, 2013, at 12:11 PM, Nuno Lopes <nunoplopes at sapo.pt> wrote:

>> On 01/28/2013 07:45 PM, Tanya Lattner wrote:
>>> I will be removing the list prefix "LLVMDev" from the subject line. If you are filtering by this, please use the list headers instead.
>>> If you have any questions, please let me know.
>> Thanks Tanya, this makes the subject lines of the commits a lot more accessible.
>> Tobi
> Please let me state my opinion against this change.
> Due to the heavy traffic on LLVM mailing lists, one needs some kind of filtering to keep only the relevant emails in the inbox.  Since my ISP's email server doesn't support any server-side email filtering, I used to filter the e-mails visually. It was easy to ignore emails with the subject prefixed with LLVM or cfe (or both).
> Right now I can only see 200 emails in my inbox and I cannot distinguish between them.
> I personally also preferred the file names in the subject, since that allowed me to visually filter the commits in my areas.  However, if we all start prefixing the commit messages with the area (as some already do), this problem is gone.

I understand the challenge with no server-side filtering. I believe the goal is to prefix the commit messages with even more specific prefixes to note what area has changed. Those who send patches should be using [PATCH] in their subject, but we can't force people to.  A strong reason for the change was that most subject lines had multiple prefixes, and the list name was really not necessary.

While not a perfect solution, you could do some client side filtering (procmail or builtin filters in mail clients) that might help you out a bit.

Your objection is noted and we can re-evaluate the change as we get more feedback from the community. 


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