[plt-scheme] Planet Announcement: A Suggestion

From: Jacob Matthews (jacobm at cs.uchicago.edu)
Date: Wed Jul 11 00:42:31 EDT 2007

I was pretty sure that the server already did include release notes,
so I went snooping. As far as I can tell, that email does indeed
include release notes if they're available, but since it gets sent out
as soon as a package author uploads a package, release notes are only
available to it if they appear in the package's info.ss upon
submission (the RSS feed, on the other hand, always has the most
recent information as of the time your RSS reader loads it because
it's generated dynamically from the database at that moment). And
looking at the info.ss files submitted, it looks like authors are
usually just opting not to fill that field in for some reason.

So, a question for authors: why aren't you using the release-notes
field? Is there something that could change about the submission
process to make it easier / more in line with your workflow to include


On 7/10/07, Brent Fulgham <bfulg at pacbell.net> wrote:
> I saw the release notes when I visited the PLaneT website; I think
> that's great.
> I don't get the RSS feed (perhaps I should), and am basing my comments
> only on the e-mail notification.
> Since the website already has the release notes, perhaps the mailer
> agent could just include them in the e-mail.
> That would be very helpful!
> -Brent
> On Jul 10, 2007, at 3:18 AM, Noel Welsh wrote:
> > The author has an option to include release-notes in the info.ss file,
> > or later by modifying the entry on Planet.  I don't know the details
> > of what gets sent out in emails or via RSS.  The planet command line
> > tool even bugs you if you don't include release notes.
> >
> > N.
> >
> >> The recent set of updates to the hwiki package made me realize that
> >> it
> >> would be really useful if the announcements showed some kind of
> >> 'news'
> >> or comment section to let you know the reason for the update.
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