A lot of the time, users are discouraged from making feature requests to a project because the developers don’t want extra work. See here, here, and here.

But it’s easy to just ask, and sometimes it works out way better than you’d have guessed.

## NeoMutt

I read my mail in the terminal because pictures did me wrong. I use NeoMutt, a fork of mutt. One day, an idea occurred to me for a motto for NeoMutt and I suggested it to the developers.

The amount of bikeshedding that went on in that thread was incredible. But they adopted it.

New Motto

NeoMutt - “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks”

It’s very appropriate, it’s catchy, it’s funny. Thank you Alok Singh for the suggestion.


That got me a NeoMutt developer credit despite writing no actual code.

## fd

You should use fd. It’s a better version of find.

One request I made ended up bumping the project up a major version.

## Neovim

Maybe this is just a theme with projects that start with Neo. In Neovim, if you try to edit a filename with spaces using :e file with spaces, you get an error. Or at least, you used to.

Which led to this.

So I (indirectly) changing the default behavior of Vim, my beloved editor and a major open source project.

Turns out that asking really is worth it.