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[eclipse-pmc] Advise for performance enhancement making API methods behave async

Hi all,

We'd like the PMC to advise on and proposed patches.
Those patches do change the implementation of several API methods by making them update the labels asynchronously and lazily with some invocations now being no-op for optimization purpose.
This is a very valuable change about perceived performance, but we are unsure about how to handle it in term of API. Do this constitute an API breakage (and we'd need to increase major), or is it small enough to increase only the minor and document it everywhere necessary?
Please comment back on the bug since the initial contributor may not be following this mailing-list.

Thanks in advance for your words of wisdom ;)
Mickael Istria
Eclipse IDE developer, at Red Hat Developers community
Elected Committer Representative at the Eclipse Foundation board of directors

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