[webkit-dev] Sunsetting committership and reviewership

Thiago Marcos P. Santos tmpsantos at gmail.com
Mon Apr 8 04:25:41 PDT 2013

On Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 4:27 AM, Benjamin Poulain <benjamin at webkit.org>wrote:

> On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM, Dirk Schulze <dschulze at adobe.com> wrote:
>>  On Apr 7, 2013, at 5:53 PM, Benjamin Poulain <benjamin at webkit.org>
>> wrote:
>> > On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 5:49 PM, Timothy Hatcher <timothy at apple.com>
>> wrote:
>> > I think 6 months is fine for deactivating SVN accounts. And a full
>> revoke of reviewer status after 2 years of no activity sounds reasonable to
>> me. We could make it easier to get reviewer status again after a 2 year
>> sunset if the person becomes active again and shows good judgment still.
>> >
>> > +1 to this.
>> >
>> > I think 2 years to revoke reviewer rights is too long. All the drive-by
>> reviews that have caused problems were from reviewers that were inactive
>> for less than 2 years. Nevertheless, 2 years is better than the current
>> situation so it is a good start.
>> The question is still how you measure active reviewers/contributors? Is
>> it enough to comment on bugs? Real reviews? Must there be at least one r+
>> in this time? Is an actual commit required?
>> What do we gain from reverting reviewer ship/ committer ship?
> There is a problem of people not contributing for a while, not familiar
> with the current code base, who come and review things for their colleagues.
> There are bad ideas accepted by reviewers who are not very active on the
> project.
> I don't really see the big deal with revoking reviewer rights. If you come
> back to the project, make a few good patches and show a good understanding
> of the code base, you just get the rights back.
> The owner system with WebKit2 is avoiding this problem in an elegant way.
> It is effectively enforcing two reviews for most patches (one reviewer +
> one review from a owner). As a result, the quality of patches in WebKit2
> has increased appreciably.

Elegant is a bold claim (at least how it is implemented on WK2). There are
examples of patches waiting for owners review/comments for months (even
though the patch was already pre-reviewed by someone else). I suppose we
also need another thread to discuss this issue...

> What are your concerns exactly?
> Benjamin
> PS: Maybe we should have this thread on the reviewer mailing list?

Please, let's keep this at least to the committers list.
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