5 useful tips for a better commit message

You’re already writing decent commit messages. Let’s see if we can level you up to awesome. Other developers, especially you-in-two-weeks and you-from-next-year, will thank you for your forethought and verbosity when they run git blame to see why that conditional is there.

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    should be followed by a blank line. Vim ships with syntax, indent, and filetype plugins for Git commits which can help here.

  2. Add this line to your .vimrc to add spell checking and automatic wrapping at the recommended 72 columns to you commit messages.
    autocmd Filetype gitcommit setlocal spell textwidth=72
  3. Never use the -m <msg> / --message=<msg> flag to git commit. – 5 useful tips for a better commit message by Caleb Thompson