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From "Aaron Mulder" <>
Subject Re: Request change to RTC Process
Date Sat, 17 Jun 2006 15:33:58 GMT
On 6/17/06, Rodent of Unusual Size <> wrote:
> If that means things languish for weeks or months, then
> that's what it means.

I don't think this is a good idea.

The RTC process (as Ken is describing it) has a number of side effects:

 - Eliminates trust.  I know say, David J has a lot of experience with
say, connectors, and if he puts a patch in that area, I think I can
read his summary and trust that he's implemented it sensibly.  But now
that doesn't count, I have to review it line by line?  I think it
should be up to me which patches I trust and which patches want to
review in detail.

 - Favors full-time open source developers over free-time
contributors.  I don't have enough time to work on the work *I* want
to do in my spare time, much less get a clean tree to apply, test, and
review everyone else's patches

 - Favors bug fixes over innovation.  Anything that's characterized as
a bug fix gets a free pass.  Also, it's unmanageable to review large
changes in detail, so only small changes have any good change of being
applied in a timely fashion.

 - Encourages "cliques".  Who am I going to ask to give me a quick +1?

Now, you can argue in favor of this for a maintenance / bug-fix
release like 1.1.1, where the main goal is to improve quality and
extra eyes on every line may help avoid bugs.  But it's a significant
obstacle for a feature release like 1.2.  Additionally, it doesn't
help the stated goal of improving communication.  If everyone wants to
see what I'm doing, and I post it to a Jira and announce it, they can
see.  If they want to review in detail, they can.  If they can review
the description and perhaps give it a cursory glance and give it a +1,
that's achieved the goal of making sure they're aware of things going
on in the project.  If you say they can't +1 it without an exhaustive
review and test, that doesn't add to the quality or quantity of
communication.  It only adds obstacles to delivering the features
desired for the 1.2 release.


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