[Fedora-packaging] Long and "advertising" descriptions (was: Fedora 8 Update: enlightenment-0.16.999.043-3.fc8)

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Mon Sep 15 21:10:57 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-09-14 at 09:35 -0400, Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:

> Wow. That is indeed too much information. :) I'm not sure how we should
> "guideline" that, other than something like:
> == Descriptions ==
> Your package description should contain useful data about the package,
> and answer the question "what is this and what does it do?". In general,
> the description should not exceed 10 lines or so. Try not to put too
> much here, this isn't an epic novel, it's just a package description.
> Also, there is no real need to "advertise" the package here, so
> statements like "this is the best perl module that has ever been created
> by humans", while possibly accurate, are not terribly useful in
> answering the question "what is this and what does it do?".

I think first and foremost, what is needed is to figure out what
audience the description is targeted for. Everything else will fall in
place once that is clear...

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