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From Jeremiah Lowin <>
Subject Re: Voting Changes for Scheduler-related PRs/Commits
Date Sat, 14 May 2016 15:52:45 GMT
Hi all,

I've been out of email/phone range for a few days (and will be for a few
more, just have brief access now) so I'm just catching up on all the

I think this proposal has its heart in the right place. There's a lot of
effort that goes in to the Apache transition and for the Airbnb team in
particular (though truly for everyone) it introduces a regime change in
terms of process and workflow. As a result, I think it feels like we are
stretched a little thin and there's a legitimate concern that major changes
could slip by with unintended consequences (I've been on both sides of that
already :) )

However, I believe that the good work we are doing to formalize procedures
and documentation and make development discussion more open will counteract
that in the near future and eliminate it shortly thereafter. Therefore, I
do trust the "Apache way" and I think after a few growing pains it will
really work smoothly. I agree that we should just all recognize when we are
touching "sensitive areas" of Airflow and allow those changes to bake a
little longer to ensure that many eyes get on them.

As a concrete example, I know I'm on Bolke's list because of my perceived
knowledge of the scheduler's inner workings. And while I wont necessarily
dispel those rumors, the truth is that I acquired that knowledge simply by
being tasked with certain deep-rooted bug reports and PRs. There could be a
commit tomorrow that renders a lot of that obsolete and produces a new
"scheduler guru". My point is that knowledge is fluid, especially at this
stage, and I believe the best (and most robust) thing we can do is share
and democratize it as much as possible.

So that's just a long way of saying: we know what a "big" change looks
like, and let's just make sure we have lots of talented committers
evaluating them :)


On Fri, May 13, 2016 at 10:08 AM Bolke de Bruin <> wrote:

> Sent from my iPhone
> > On 13 mei 2016, at 19:02, Jakob Homan <> wrote:
> >
> >> On 13 May 2016 at 00:40, Bolke de Bruin <> wrote:
> >> The question is how to keep the trust of that first group - they are
> vital to the work - while growing the community.
> >
> > Another perspective is for the first group to trust the Apache Way.
> > The procedures, norms, votes, requirements, whole Incubator process,
> > etc. is designed to build a functioning community that addresses all
> > these issues.  It doesn't always work (not all incubations succeed),
> > but it does the vast majority of the time.
> >
> > This is just the first couple of weeks of Airflow's incubation and the
> > culture shock is definitely setting in, but we'll get past this pretty
> > quickly.  I do thnk Airflow will be very successful at Apache.
> >
> Hear hear! :-)
> > Best,
> > Jakob

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