[webkit-dev] Sunsetting committership and reviewership

Eric Seidel eseidel at google.com
Fri Apr 5 00:09:27 PDT 2013

Neither here nor there, but...

I had interest in sunsetting committers/reviewers in the past.  There
are loads of folks listed in committers.py who haven't committed or
reviewed in 5+ years.  I believe there are some old threads on
webkit-reviewers about such.

I believe the timeout for sunsetting discussed in those old threads
was more along the lines of 2-years.

I should note that committers.py has some historical uses (for
associating committers with commits), so you might want to consider
using an "emeritus" section instead of removing entries.

Best of luck.

On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM, Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM, Nikolas Zimmermann
> <zimmermann at physik.rwth-aachen.de> wrote:
>> Am 05.04.2013 um 08:19 schrieb Ryosuke Niwa <rniwa at webkit.org>:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > This is somewhat related to the bulk move of Chromium-WebKit
>> > contributors to Blink, but we might want to consider sunsetting/expiring
>> > committership and reviewership.
>> > I'm thinking of something like expiring committership/reviwership of a
>> > person after the person didn't have any SVN activities for 3 or 6 months.
>> Hm, that sounds really harsh - at least if the person is still within the
>> WebKit project. I personally couldn't land a patch the last months
>> as I'm busy with my thesis, but I'm clearly still qualified for SVG
>> reviews and discussions, no? I follow development closely, even if not
>> writing patches on my own at the moment.
> Would something like one year be a reasonable timeframe?  I'm not suggesting
> that you have to go through non-committer status and wait for
> committer/reviewer nominations again once you passed that threshold.  It's
> more about temporarily suspending accounts and removing people from
> committers.py to better access control things.
> If they're coming back to WebKit, they can request their committerships and
> reviewerships reinstated.
> - R. Niwa
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