[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Add paragraph to website about posting attitude on project mailing lists

Robert Krüger krueger at lesspain.de
Tue Aug 13 09:04:34 CEST 2013

On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM, Lou Logan <lou at lrcd.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 11 Aug 2013 18:27:50 +0200, Robert Krüger wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM, Lou Logan <lou at lrcd.com> wrote:
>> > On Sat, Aug 10, 2013, at 11:43 PM, Robert Krüger wrote:
>> >>
>> >> That sounds like a good idea. As I wrote, the main reason for posting
>> >> this was to have something to link to [...]
>> >
>> > I'll make the wiki page within a few days and then provide a link for
>> > you to contribute to. Thanks.
>> Thank you.
> https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/MailingListEtiquette


I modified the original text and the suggestion would be to add this
to the page as the last paragraph. I hope it does not still sound


<h2 id="Generalremarks">Some general remarks</h2>

When posting on one of the lists, we would kindly ask you to consider
the following before complaining about things that are not the way the
should be (documentation, features, bugs).

FFmpeg is developed and maintained by volunteers, predominantly in
their spare time for no pay. You get something for free that could
very well be the most comprehensive and powerful set of media library
libraries and command line tools on the planet, while commercial
alternatives typically cost thousands of dollars. Pointing out
problems or suggesting improvements is very important and helps the
project, if done properly (see <a href="bugreports.html">Bug
Reports</a>). Simply complaining does not. There is no guarantee
someone will fix the problems you reported, because it is nobody's job
to do it, not because they are not important or there is something
wrong with your bug report. There may be cases where your only option
is to either submit a patch (for instructions see <a
href="http://ffmpeg.org/contact.html">ffmpeg.org/contact.html</a>) or
pay/sponsor someone who does it for you (see <a

We are looking forward to your participation on the mailing lists.


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