[webkit-dev] webkit team wiki page

Nikolas Zimmermann zimmermann at physik.rwth-aachen.de
Sun Jan 24 20:15:44 PST 2010

Am 25.01.2010 um 05:07 schrieb Maciej Stachowiak:

> On Jan 24, 2010, at 7:42 PM, David Kilzer wrote:
>> On Sun, January 24, 2010 at 7:09:26 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>> I think deleting the areas of knowledge is a regrettable loss of  
>>> information. I
>>> think it's helpful to give people at least a few starting points  
>>> for their
>>> questions, because not everyone is going to be comfortable firing  
>>> random
>>> questions at IRC, and svn blame i not a very useful tool if you  
>>> don't know the
>>> code very well yet. Further, even for experienced contributors, I  
>>> think this
>>> information could be useful as a guide to whom you might hassle to  
>>> review your
>>> patch, if it doesn't get reviewed right away. I mean, I've been  
>>> involved in the
>>> project for a pretty long time, and I can't honestly say I know  
>>> the right people
>>> to ask for advice on every possible topic in the code, without a  
>>> reference.
>> One possible alternative would be to update the bugs.webkit.org  
>> Component page with a list of reviewers by component:
>> <https://bugs.webkit.org/describecomponents.cgi?product=WebKit>
> I don't think we're looking to list just reviewers but rather  
> "people who know about this topic" and therefore might be good to  
> ask about the topic. Often you want to know this before you even  
> start working on a patch. Some types of expert advice are cross- 
> cutting across components as well. For example, if you want to find  
> a person who can help you with performance work, or analyze the  
> security impact of a feature, those kinds of things are not likely  
> to be components.
> And finally, the only fields we have for components are the  
> description, default assignee and default Cc list. I am not sure any  
> of these is appropriate as a way to indicate people who know most  
> about the topic, given our process.

Completly agreed. I found those information useful in my past as  
WebKit beginner and I think we should rather update it and/or make it  
available on a more prominent place.
Ideally we'd have a view which can give you all information mentioned  
in previous threads: sorted by area of expertise / vendor / chronology.

What do others think about it?


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