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(new meta) Adding a .gitlabels file.

This documents my “labels” system for managing commit metadata. More information:
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+# [†]: At least one of these should apply to every commit!
+- (new:<issue>)† indicates new functionality, features, documentation, et cetera are introduced in this commit [optionally includes related issue ID]
+- (api)† indicates this commit modifies existing (usually documented) APIs in some way
+- (fix:<issue>)† indicates changes that fix outstanding bugs or problems in some way [optionally includes issue ID]
+- (re)† indicates changes that subtly change things for the better, possibly without changing the actual effect of any code (short for ‘refactor’)
+# note: (fix), (api), and (new) *change how things operate* from the viewpoint of an API consumer or extension
+# developer (when not combined with a form of (noop)), whereas (re) causes no operational changes (from
+# said point of view), instead improving the overall quality of the code in some way, such as causing it to
+# execute faster or require fewer resources
+- (-) indicates a relatively minor or unimportant commit, worthy of being ignored by most interested parties
+- (incomplete) indicates a (rare!) commit that applies code that
+ - (harm) indicates an (even rarer!) commit that is known (at the time of committing) to *break* the codebase
+- (complete:<commit>) indicates that this commit completes the work introduced or begun in another (incomplete) or (harm) <commit>
+# note: it’s *never* safe to check-out and compile code between an (incomplete) (or (harm))
+# commit, and its corresponding (complete:) commit!
+- (tests) indicates a commit that does *not* modify any implementation code, in any way (instead, indicates modifying code in the test suite)
+ - (noop) as (tests), except indicates that a commit does not modify any code belonging to the test suite either
+ - (style) indicates a commit that only changes alignment/spacing/visual orientation of code or documentation
+ - (doc) indicates commits that change commentary, documentation, etc (exclusive of actual *executed* code)
+ - (meta) indicates meta-project changes, not applying to the codebase
+# --- ---- --- -- /!\ -- --- ---- --- #
+# What is this?
+# =============
+# [`.gitlabels`][gh] is a file that defines a series of “labels” that can be applied to [git][] commits.
+# Each label is intended to “describe” a given commit in a human- and machine-readable way. These can then be used
+# to search and filter commit lists, to bring more ‘signal’ out of the changeset ‘noise.’
+# [git]: "Git: *Fast* version-control and source-code management system"
+# [gh]: "The .gitlabels project"
+# Examples
+# --------
+# - filtering out typo-fixes and other drudgery by excluding all commits with the `(-)` label
+# - gathering a quick summary of the changes *you* need to know about in a new release of your favourite library by
+# searching for commits between the git tags ‘v1.03’ and ‘v1.04’ that include the label `(api)`
+# - following the evolution of a particular developer’s personal style by filtering on commits by that developer
+# using both of the `(style refactor)` labels
+# Usage
+# -----
+# Applying labels to your project is as simple as these two steps:
+# ### Add a `.gitlabels` file
+# Your file, like this one, should exist in your project’s root directory (just like `.gitignore` and
+# `.gitattributes`!), and should consist of lines of the following format:
+# - (an-awesome-label:<argument_type>) some description of the label over here, guys!
+# Labels can be subcategorized under other labels by indenting the `-` preceding the label by two spaces. Filtering
+# against a label should theoretically apply to all results that match sublabels as well. Descriptions must be
+# entirely on the same line (sorry, guys, no hard-wrapping descriptions if they get long!).
+# Lines containing only whitespace or beginning with a number sign/hash (`#`) in the *first column* will be
+# discarded during parsing, and completely ignored. You may use these to provide commentary and rationale on your
+# project’s labeling system, or for any other purpose you desire.
+# The parenthesis may only contain a single label, that is, they may not contain any of the characters that are not
+# legal in label names, other than the colon (`:`) necessary to declare an optional argument and its type. The
+# argument declaration (see below) must be surrounded by angle brackets (`<` and `>`).
+# ### Label your commits
+# The fun part! Do what you like, just be *absolutely consistent* about it; if you collaborate with other
+# developers on the project, you should also document the labels using comments in `.gitlabels`, your README, or
+# some other source, and then encourage your collaborators to apply them as well.
+# Labels go at the very start of a commit’s commit message in parenthesis, separated by spaces or commas. For
+# instance:
+# commit e17f638848fb05a43b2cb431fabdbebc84ac091a
+# Author: elliottcable <>
+# Date: Sat Feb 26 23:24:29 2011 -0500
+# (doc closes:1234 see:b3b2e05 -) I love pretty much anything that comes from pigflesh.
+# This commit’s labels comprises `(doc)`, `(closes)`, `(see)`, and `(-)`; in this example, perhaps, these could
+# mean that this commit comprises an unimportant (in the larger scheme of things) change to some documentation that
+# fixes some typos or something. Those typos would have been reported in the project’s issue tracker as issue
+# number 1234; the other commit whose ID began with b3b2e05 was somehow relevant as well.
+# Labels may include a single argument, if described by the `.gitlabels`, which documents a related piece of data.
+# These arguments may only be of a limited set of data types (defined by whatever label-parsing system you use, but
+# I suggest at least `<commit>` and `<issue>` types of data). These might include a `(closes:<issue>)` or
+# `(related:<commit>)` label, for example. Arguments are never “required,” but a given label may not necessarily
+# make a lot of sense without its intended payload.
+# Rationale
+# ---------
+# The purpose of this system is basically to encourage more *granular* committing—that is, creating more commits
+# for fewer changes, and ensuring each commit is more “enclosed.” I believe a project’s git commit-log should be
+# sufficient to describe the entire history of the project, *as it was experienced by the developers of the
+# project*; that is, allow any given ‘noob’ developer to browse the commit history and learn the same things that
+# the creators of the project learned through their work. The mistakes they made, the improvements they invented,
+# in a word, the *soul* of the project, should be evidenced by the commit log. “Labels” make this easier, as it’s
+# less intimidating to have a commit log with thousands of commits if you know people can ignore those commits that
+# are irrelevant to them.
+# Notes
+# -----
+# - The open-parenthesis (`(`) indicating the start of a commit’s labels must be the very first byte of a commit
+# message, and there may be no close-parenthesis until the end of all labels
+# - The omission of an open-parenthesis (`(`), or the inclusion of an open-parenthesis in the first byte
+# immediately followed by a closing-parenthesis (`()`, possibly with some meaningless whitespace/commas),
+# indicates no labels apply
+# - Labels’ names themselves may contain any Unicode character *except*: whitespace, colons (`:`), commas (`,`), or
+# parenthesis (`(` or `)`), as these characters are reserved for parsing label data
+# - Labels’ names are case-sensitive; `FOO` is not to be considered the same label as `foo`
+# - Descriptions in the `.gitlabels` file are not required, but are suggested; rationale is always a good thing!
+# - Not all labels must be included in `.gitlabels`, but labels will not include descriptions, be related (as
+# parents or children) to other labels, or be legally allowed any arguments, if they are not so included
+# - Arguments are illegal for a given label unless they are included in `.gitlabels`
+# - An argumentative payload may be surrounded by a pair of double quotes (`"`) if it contains anything
+# disallowed in a label’s name, such as whitespace (see above); it may not, under any circumstances, *contain*
+# any double-quote characters
+# - The same label may appear multiple times on a single commit, and *may* include different arguments each time.
+# - *Any* series of whitespace and/or commas may separate labels (though newlines are inadvisable)
+# (I, elliottcable, hereby release everything below the line containing “What is this?” into the public domain.
+# Use, distribute, and re-use as you please. Hell, I’d *love* it if you’d spread it around; maybe then, @GitHub
+# would be forced to support label filtering on `/compare/` pages! :D
+# I do, however, request that you either retain this explanatory document below the content of your `.gitlabels`
+# file as I do, or include a link to instead. Help spread the word!)

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