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Re: Subversion Vision and Roadmap Proposal

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 00:13:56 -0400

On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 22:55, Tim Starling <tstarling_at_wikimedia.org> wrote:
> C. Michael Pilato wrote:
>> We need to find a way to embrace and
>> empower would-be Subversion contributors.
>
> You could start by replying to their mailing list posts. Just a thought.

Well aware of that, and snarky behavior won't really endear you to anybody.

In particular, there are people who have patches for svn, and we don't
handle them very well. In some cases, there is a high bar of
review/change/resubmit that turns people off. In other cases, people
are focused on whatever task they're working on, and the patches are
left by the wayside. We have a Patch Manager that attempts to ensure
we don't completely lose patches, but that is a far cry from
*engaging* those patch developers. In other scenarios, we have several
people all providing "input" and "direction" to the would-be
patch-provider. That incoherency and pulls in different directions can
also turn off potential contributors.

We talked about these issues, and how we could provide "mentors" to
work with people that arrive with patches. A person would be volunteer
to work with the patcher, and provide a single point of
contact/review.

Of course, do we have enough people willing and able to fill that
role? (if that is even the best way!)

Cheers,
-g
Received on 2010-04-09 06:14:31 CEST

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