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From Brian Goetz <>
Subject RE: [Bug 12137] New: - Can '*' or '?' symbol be used as the first character of a search?
Date Thu, 29 Aug 2002 22:09:52 GMT

>I think that was what started the discussion... panhenryk posted it to the 
>mailing list on Monday (subject - wildcard preceding term solution), and 
>then (I'm assuming this is the same person but it may not be) 
> submitted this bug report about it with his changes 
>attached.  Both posts asked someone else to verify that his changes didn't 
>break something else not obvious to him.

Moving up a level...

This is one of the big challenges facing open-source projects.  The code is 
out there, so people change it to suit their needs -- which is great.  Then 
they want to submit those changes back to the project.  Sometimes this is 
great -- but sometimes its not.  People very rarely stop to think "Is this 
change good for the majority of users?"  People are very quick to assume 
that all the other users are a lot like them.  And they don't even realize 
they're making this assumption.

In other words, just because a change CAN be made easily, doesn't mean that 
its a good idea.  The discussion of whether its a good idea should ALWAYS 
precede any attempt to submit the change.

Brian Goetz
Quiotix Corporation           Tel: 650-843-1300            Fax: 650-324-8032

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