[FFmpeg-user] should I shoot the dog?

Paul B Mahol onemda at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 23:40:08 EEST 2020

On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 01:07:45PM -0700, Carl Zwanzig wrote:
> On 9/29/2020 12:43 PM, Paul B Mahol wrote:
> > On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 10:26:20AM -0400, Mark Filipak (ffmpeg) wrote:
> > > And thanks for that. So, ffmpeg really is a Tower of Babel, eh? That does
> > > not seem wise to me. That seems like a great way to generate bugs in
> > > addition to confusion.
> > Now if that is not trolling out of pure ignorance I dunno what is.
> Actually, it sounds like it might be an accurate representation of the
> entire codebase. Cryptic code without explanations _is_ a good way to cause
> bugs, at least that's my experience (which goes back a fair ways).

It is cryptic only for ignorant folks.
But ignornat folks should not be here at all, because they are, guess what,

> That said, as with many systems which evolve over time, the interfaces and
> understandings morph although the explanations often don't. And when there
> isn't a single entity (is there?) to direct the process and a single
> cohesive view of how things should go, chaos happens. One example was a
> while ago when someone suggested that a specific option was not consistent
> with other related ones- the great hew and cry was "WE CAN"T CHANGE THAT!!!"
> instead of "Hmm, it might make more sense to change this one for
> consistency's sake, yes, it'll break some older usages, but it'll be more
> logical in general."
> > I'm really asking mysefl why are there still people feeding this poor troll.
> Because he's contributing to the overall knowledge? A lot of things are
> being described that I've found to be quite useful and _should_ be part of
> the overall documentation, be it in code comments or separate files.
> A note to Mark F.-
> If you refuse to try understanding even the basics of 'c', which shouldn't
> be that difficult to anyone who has ever programmed, you're holding yourself
> back.
> z!
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