[webkit-dev] Review Queue

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Thu May 21 20:52:12 PDT 2009

Sorry I missed on on IRC, I would have been happy to chat further.

Our current defacto policy requires involvement on both sides.
Submitters need to be involved in finding people to review their
patches.  Posting patches to the review queue does not automatically
get you a review, except occasionally by Darin Adler or myself.

If a bug totally stalls, and is sitting in the review queue untouched
I view that as the responsible reviewers' implicit rejection of the
patch.  I, as a responsible reviewer, am simply making explicit that
implicit rejection.  Personally, I'd rather get an r- on my patches
than have them sit ignored for multiple weeks at a time.


Patch review
Once you have a patch file, it must be reviewed by one of the approved
WebKit reviewers. To request a review, attach the patch to the bug
report, and mark the patch with the flag review:?. The reviewer will
typically either approve the patch (by responding with an r=me in the
bug report or in e-mail and marking the patch review:+) or request
revisions to the patch (and mark the patch review:-). In rare cases a
patch may be permanently rejected, meaning that the reviewer believes
the feature should never be committed to the tree. The review process
can consist of multiple iterations between you and the reviewer as
revisions are made to your patch.

On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 1:22 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
> On May 21, 2009, at 7:57 PM, Eric Seidel wrote:
>> I think it's better to get things out of the queue then to leave them rot.
> But it's not the patch submitter's fault if the reviewers have been
> delinquent in review. And making them resubmit the same patch after a
> blanket r- is useless busywork. Per our policy you shouldn't mark a patch r-
> unless you are either requesting revisions or rejecting the whole concept of
> the patch <http://webkit.org/coding/contributing.html>. So if you r-'d any
> patches without giving review comments, please restore them.
> Regards,
> Maciej
>> Your review are most welcome. :)
>> -eric
>> On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 12:48 PM, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs at apple.com> wrote:
>>> On May 21, 2009, at 7:27 PM, Eric Seidel wrote:
>>>> Our review process seems to be failing.  As a reviewer, let me extend
>>>> my apologies to the WebKit community as I am part of this failure.
>>>> We have over 100 patches in the review queue at the moment:
>>>> http://webkit.org/pending-review
>>>> I've started going through the list and reviewing what patches I can.
>>>> I'm also marking r- all patches I can't review which have had no
>>>> comments in the last 2 weeks.
>>> While it's great to get more reviews done (and I encourage other
>>> reviewers
>>> to get cracking as well), I don't think it's appropriate to r- patches
>>> that
>>> you don't know how to review, simply because no one else has reviewed
>>> them
>>> yet. It is better to have an honest backlog than to sweep things under
>>> the
>>> carpet.
>>> Regards,
>>> Maciej

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