"It's hard to overemphasise how out-of-balance the economics are here. You saved maybe thirty person-seconds by skipping the review and checkpatch steps. But the cost (if this bug had gone into mainline) would be many many thousands times higher than this."
"You are trapped in a maze of twisty little documentation patches, all pedantic."
"I think you'd be impressed at how little I care about this, and how little I value my fellow hacker's legal opinions except for humor value."
"Let's get this straight... You're suggesting introducing a pointless, ugly macro into the kernel because of a vim bug? *Plonk!*"
"I thought that one could place a printk anywhere without worrying. But it seems that it is not wise to place a printk where the runqueue lock is held."
"Yes, the VM is hard. I agree. It's nasty. But exactly because it's nasty and subtle and horrid, I'm also very anal about it, and I get really nervous when somebody touches it without (a) knowing all the rules intimately and (b) listening to people who do."
"Linux kernel development is not driven by people producing hot air about what they wish to see in the future, Linux kernel development is driven by people sending patches."
"I bow down before you. I thought I had done some rather horrible things with gcc built-ins and macros, but I hereby hand over my crown to you. As my daughter would say: that patch fell out of the ugly tree, and hit every branch on the way down. Very impressive."
"It is far too easy to take a cursory glance, say 'That looks okay' and move on to the next thing, isn't it? I was horrified when I saw the list of acks etc (including me) on the commit with the helper_unlock issue we just fixed. It's truly scary to think that none of us looked closely enough to pick that up at the time."
"'Too small' and 'too insignificant' is not a patch attribute that is in my vocabulary - by definition the best patches are very small and very insignificant (they just happen to end up doing something cool a 1000 steps later ;-) 99% of our problems come from 'too large' and 'too intrusive' patches."
"Sorry, but I've had it with this stuff and I'm tired of fixing everyone else's stuff. I'm just going to ship it. Good luck."
"I'm so glad you have nothing better to do than troll, if you actually wrote code I'd be worried it might get into something people used."
"You can't play fast and loose with data integrity."
"I don't think anything of what was discussed in this thread would be in scope for 2.6.24 (unless Linus wants to let the bunny that brings eggs release 2.6.24)."
"Sorry to sound a bit harsh, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to think a bit outside your own sandbox."