Talk:US Republicans query Linux Foundation about open-source security

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No warranty[edit]

I find this letter intent concerning. Surely the Linux kernel is under the GNU GPL, which provides no warranty (perhaps unlike the whatever end user agreements other proprietary systems come with)? See https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html where it says "For the developers' and authors' protection, the GPL clearly explains that there is no warranty for this free software." As far as I can see, if the Linux kernel development dies completely, they would not be liable for any damage that occurs as a result. Gryllida (talk) 00:25, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

"Deadline"[edit]

I thought about changing "Deadline" → "a", but the letter also says that Zemlin must reply by no later than April 16. --George Ho (talk) 05:47, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Suggested headline: "Two US Republicans query The Linux Foundation about security in open-source software". --Gryllida (talk) 06:35, 4 April 2018 (UTC)
Done. --George Ho (talk) 06:52, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Questions?[edit]

@George Ho: Could we include the questions in the second paragraph of the article? @Pi zero: Would there be a problem with me adding the questions during review? — Green Giant (talk) 21:35, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

@Green Giant: A reviewer cannot add significant content during review; that's completely contrary to the principle of independent review.

Note, btw, we've had to issue a {{correction}} on the space station article. --Pi zero (talk) 22:22, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Review of revision 4394844 [Not ready][edit]

@Green Giant and Pi zero: Added questions. --George Ho (talk) 22:58, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Review of revision 4394862 [Passed][edit]

Bulleted lists[edit]

Just a note. We have generally had a strong aversion to using bulleted lists in news articles. We seek to provide smoothly flowing prose, and are inclined to view bulleted lists as an encylcopedic mode of conveying information, breaking up the smooth flow. --Pi zero (talk) 15:55, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

I see your point, but converting to prose isn't easy, especially when copying questions from the public letter. Also, this article uses a table format. Another article doesn't use bullets, but provides lists of bestsellers. I can search for more top-50 lists, bestsellers lists, and other kinds of lists if you're not well convinced. --George Ho (talk) 16:35, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
Why not move it at the bottom, and then one could mention "Questions asked to Linux Foundation"?
103.254.128.130 (talk) 17:06, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
Moved questions to bottom. However, does, Wikinews:Style guide#Writing tone and structure apply? --George Ho (talk) 20:02, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
I disagree with moving the questions down because it relegates them to background information. They are an important part of the letter; indeed this is what Zemlin is being asked to reply about. Green Giant (talk) 20:20, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
You could quote a single question, if that is required within the article.
103.254.128.130 (talk) 20:23, 5 April 2018 (UTC)
I found Green Giant's argument more compelling, and the questions are also essential if they are needed. Therefore, I changed it back. Why quoting just one question? --George Ho (talk) 20:46, 5 April 2018 (UTC)

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to give the “background information”, duh. When all the questions are listed below, and one question which is essential for background information is quoted in the main article area, what is so wrong in that? Haven’t we done that for football and tennis and presidential elections?
103.254.128.130 (talk) 04:17, 6 April 2018 (UTC)