[webkit-dev] WebKit Transition to Git

Alexey Proskuryakov ap at webkit.org
Sat Oct 3 09:30:59 PDT 2020

> 3 окт. 2020 г., в 2:24 AM, Adrien Destugues <pulkomandy at pulkomandy.tk> написал(а):
> On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 07:05:21PM -0500, Michael Catanzaro wrote:
>>> I realize that Gerrit might not integrate at all with hosting the repo
>>> on Github, but has any thought been given to this aspect of the
>>> transition?
>> That sounds like it would be a significant barrier to contribution, and
>> frankly defeat the point of switching. If we have serious concerns with
>> GitHub's code review functionality (which, again, I'm not familiar with),
>> then we should just use GitLab and have everything in one place. (GitLab
>> accepts GitHub logins via OAuth, both on gitlab.com and self-hosted
>> instances, so the barrier to contributing remains low either way.)
> Gerrit accepts GitHub and other OAuth providers as well, so that's not a
> problem. We have been using this for Haiku code reviews for a few years
> now, and interestingly we got some complaints from people who don't want
> to have a Github account (for various reasons) and won't use our code
> review tool because of that.

What are the reasons why people don't want to have a GitHub account? I wonder if that's somehow a different kind of barrier to entry to be concerned about.

- Alexey

> I think the integration referred to was rather in terms of having
> reviews synchronized between Gerrit and Github pull requests, which is
> also possible, but I think if the point is to use Github, it doesn't
> work this way: if your workflow is too different from the standard way
> to use Github, people will still be confused by it and it will still be
> a barrier to contribution.
> I think having to create an account on a website isn't the main thing
> preventing people to contribute anyway? It's more about having to use
> project-specific tools to prepare the patch for submission (in the case
> of WebKit, having to write the commit message in the Changelog file, for
> example).
> -- 
> Adrien / PulkoMandy
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