[webkit-dev] Sunsetting committership and reviewership

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Fri Apr 5 00:09:41 PDT 2013

Sorry.  Wrong address again.

On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM, Eric Seidel <eseidel at google.com> wrote:
> 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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