CFV: New OpenJDK Committer: Martin Balao

mark.reinhold at mark.reinhold at
Thu Jun 28 19:32:24 UTC 2018

2018/6/28 5:30:59 -0700, Mario Torre <neugens.limasoftware at>:
> I see your point, but I think this needs to be taken as a general
> guidance and decided on a case by case basis, as it has been discussed
> over and over. We should be looking instead at the quality of the
> current contributions and what they mean to the general development of
> the project rather than counting numbers. ...

I agree.

As one of the original authors of the guidance on the general Projects
page [1], I can affirm that the intent from the start was only to offer
guidance, not hard-and-fast rules.  The thresholds of eight for a new
Committer and 32 for a new Reviewer are just advice, not hard-and-fast
rules.  That’s why these numbers are qualified as “a rough guide,” and
why they appear on the informal Projects page rather than in the formal

When I evaluate a potential new Committer or Reviewer I look at their
entire track record, not just their changeset count, including any
earlier work outside of the OpenJDK Community.  If a very experienced
and trustworthy developer shows up and makes five contributions then at
that point I don’t think it’s premature to nominate them to Committer

Let’s leave some room for judgement here.

- Mark

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