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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: My role
Date Sun, 18 Dec 2011 12:20:39 GMT
+1, this (pushing patches forwards or backwards, but not letting them
just languish) is very important and so rarely done!

Mike McCandless

On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM, Erick Erickson <> wrote:
> I've been wondering what to do with this committer status thing. When
> one has reached "my age", the prospect of understanding a code base as
> complex and one that has been worked on by such awesome people is
> daunting. To quote Robert Heinlein ("Time Enough for Love", one of the
> chapters titled "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long") "It's amazing how
> much mature wisdom resembles being too tired". I've never been able to
> figure out whether "how much" means "the degree to which" or "the
> quantity of". I suppose they're both applicable.
> Anyway, one of the things that's bothered me a bit is the patches
> people submit that languish. Believe me, I understand that most of the
> people who are actively involved as committers are doing some really
> great and fundamental improvements to Lucene/Solr and I'm in awe of
> their efforts; it's not like other committers have lots of time to
> spare and are just lazy.
> But it occurred to me that there's a role for someone to shepherd
> patches submitted by people who are *not* committers through the
> process. Or close them as "interesting but not something we should
> add". So, the long and short of it is that I'm volunteering for that
> role. I expect to lean heavily on the othes to give
> thumbs-up/thumbs-down here. Don't get me wrong, I'll look over the
> patches too, but don't be surprised by comments on JIRAs like "what do
> y'all think? Kill or commit?".
> I have a day job too, so this won't happen all at once. But I've been
> amazed by how much gets accomplished by steady effort. Besides, it's
> winter in Michigan. So anybody who has favorite JIRAs that they think
> are particularly worthwhile, please let me know and I'll at least put
> them on my list.
> Let me know your thoughts
> Erick
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