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From Imran Rashid <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Removing or changing maintainer process
Date Thu, 19 May 2016 16:03:24 GMT
+1 (binding) on removal of maintainers

I dont' have a strong opinion yet on how to have a system for finding the
right reviewers.  I agree it would be nice to have something to help you
find reviewers, though I'm a little skeptical of anything automatic.

On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Matei Zaharia <>

> Hi folks,
> Around 1.5 years ago, Spark added a maintainer process for reviewing API
> and architectural changes (
> to make sure these are seen by people who spent a lot of time on that
> component. At the time, the worry was that changes might go unnoticed as
> the project grows, but there were also concerns that this approach makes
> the project harder to contribute to and less welcoming. Since implementing
> the model, I think that a good number of developers concluded it doesn't
> make a huge difference, so because of these concerns, it may be useful to
> remove it. I've also heard that we should try to keep some other
> instructions for contributors to find the "right" reviewers, so it would be
> great to see suggestions on that. For my part, I'd personally prefer
> something "automatic", such as easily tracking who reviewed each patch and
> having people look at the commit history of the module they want to work
> on, instead of a list that needs to be maintained separately.
> Matei
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