[FFmpeg-user] Troublemaker in bugtracker

Leo Butler leo.butler81 at googlemail.com
Tue Jan 26 14:20:52 EET 2021

"Mark Filipak (ffmpeg)" <markfilipak at bog.us> writes:

> On 01/25/2021 03:58 PM, Leo Butler via ffmpeg-user wrote:
>> "Sergey \"GrayFace\" Rozhenko via ffmpeg-user" <ffmpeg-user at ffmpeg.org>
>> writes:
>>> Hello.
>>> I've met a childish person with nickname "cehoyos" that made it his
>>> goal to block a bug report I've filed.
>> Please do not use such derogatory characterizations. You are
>> insulting
>> someone who is giving his time without cost to you. I won't reduce
>> myself to name-calling, but there are many unkind words to describe such
>> behaviour.
>>> At first he tried to make up excuses for doing so, then ran out of
>>> them and just starting setting bug status to "invalid" with no
>>> reasoning.
>>> Here is the bug in question: https://trac.ffmpeg.org/ticket/9074
>> In my experience, several developers of ffmpeg are brusque, but
>> invariable correct. If you find their reply(ies) terse, it is almost
>> certainly because you do not understand something and they have expected
>> you to RTFM.
>> I would characterize your "bug" report as one of those cases. Learn
>> from
>> your experience, drop the grudge, move on and show some respect for
>> these people.
>> Leo

> Your comments, Leo, are quite correct.

> However, there is no F*ing Manual.

Two sentences, back to back, with opposite meaning. Hmmm.

> There is only man-style documentation that supplies usage
> reminders to those who are already familiar with ffmpeg and its usage,
> but that doesn't help newcomers.

Hardly. A year or two ago I had never used ffmpeg, but I needed to do some
script-driven transcoding and it was the best option. The wiki pages
were quite helpful and when I needed to tweak things, I discovered the
manual is quite good, if terse.

> I wish the reality was different, and I've volunteered to help with
> documentation, but the developers have rebuffed me and everyone else
> who has similarly volunteered. It's their project and they make its
> policy. Still, I can only dream of what it could be.

This Wiki is intended for all kinds of FFmpeg and multimedia related
information. Everyone is welcome to add to, edit and improve it!


I don't really wish to be dragged in to some nag-a-thon, which is what
several members of this list seem to like. I replied to OP's original
post with my assessment of the facts, as he appeared to request. What I
said to him applies here, too:

> Learn from your experience, drop the grudge, move on and show some
> respect for these people.


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