Email subject line formatting

Jonathan Gibbons jonathan.gibbons at
Thu Apr 9 03:48:17 UTC 2020

I'm not sure I quite understand the example, because normally I would 
expect to see a bug number after the RFR:.  In this case, seems to be 
part of the synopsis of the bug, and not the bug number itself.

That being said, IMO, the important part of the message, for email 
management, is the bug number. If the change is being integrated, it is 
not part of the "discussion" of the review and so does not warrant the 
RFR token at all.  In other words, "Integrated" should replace the RFR 

By analogy, look at the process for OpenJDK voting.   There's a "CFV:" 
message; people respond with "Re: CFV", and the result of the vote 
starts with "Result", and does not contain the CFV.  That helps firmly 
indicate that the thread is closed.

-- Jon

On 4/6/20 4:21 PM, David Holmes wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Erik asked me to raise this here to see if anyone else is bothered by 
> this ...
> When an integration email is sent the subject line of the RFR thread 
> is augmented with [integrated] and also adorned with "Re:" as if a 
> reply to the RFR thread e.g.
> Re: [Integrated] [foreign-abi] RFR: Revert "JDK-8242127: reorganize 
> ABI-dependent layout constants"
> My objection to this is that once the subject has been augmented with 
> [Integrated] it is not appropriate to treat that as a "reply" and use 
> the "Re:". If I see:
> [Integrated] [foreign-abi] RFR: Revert "JDK-8242127: reorganize 
> ABI-dependent layout constants"
> I know its a changeset notification email and I can ignore it. Just as 
> I can ignore:
> git: openjdk/panama-foreign: foreign-jextract: 2 new changesets
> or
> hg: jdk/jdk: 8242217: Shenandoah: Enable GC mode to be 
> diagnostic/experimental and have a name
> but when I see the "Re:" I think "oh someone is commenting on that 
> push, there must be an issue and I should read the email" - which is 
> the case with current hg notification emails!
> This would be less of an issue if the sender of the integration email 
> was a bot account but it isn't, it is the committer.
> So I'd like to suggest that the "Re:" be dropped from the subject line 
> of these automatically generated integration emails.
> Cheers,
> David

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