Background The first commit I sent for an organisation just out of college, was a 200 line change with the commit message as “Fix Index Bug”. I would never forget the mortified look on my team lead’s face, when he saw the commit message. He tried to explain me as patiently as possible about the importance and power of a commit message. The 22-year-old-me was convinced that it was not a big deal, and in no way commit messages would botch engineering productivity.