> > > What does that have to do with the build date? In my life as user, I didn't even > > know > > > what a build date was. I knew about a release date though. > > > > For the majority of cases, yes, a release date would suffice, although if somebody > > has used an old build as a base and forked it / made improvements to it then > > sometimes knowing when that version was built is handy too and that being automatic > > means they can't forget to update it. > > > > Having no date at all is a bad idea IMHO. > > > > As I said elsewhere I'm actually surprised by the arguments against it given how > > often we've found it to be such a useful thing in the very material we're emulating > > (compile timestamps in the rom data etc. so we know precisely when a build is from > > when the company forgets to update dates / version numbers elsewhere) > > I thought we weren't talking about advanced users here? Why not just state what you > want rather than try to manipulate everyone with a contrived argument?
not sure why you're quoting that? the users of some alt build / fork certainly aren't advanced users, but might be reassured to know when the build they're using was actually released / compiled.
I just genuinely think not having a proper date in our releases is a bad idea, I'm not trying to manipulate anybody, it's something I see as useful, it's something I've seen other people see as useful. I'm putting forward various scenarios in which it could be useful.
I actually think reproducible builds in the sense of being able to run the EXACT same code, with the EXACT same library versions etc. etc. is VERY important, it should always be possible to go back to any given period of time and build, that is a technical ideal for an archival project, and it even bugs me to the point of thinking we've failed if that isn't the case, but I also think the date string is important for more human reasons.
the problem I have is that I can feel the technical ideal is my more autistic side taking over, so recognizing it, and appealing to the more human side is important.