Community-Help for the core-team in deadline-times

dalibor topic dalibor.topic at
Fri Nov 27 13:14:14 UTC 2015

On 25.11.2015 09:58, Martijn Verburg wrote:
> Hi Dalibor,
> The intention definitely wasn't to track people (which I agree is
> counter productive), but the patch itself. I don't think there's even an
> assignment to a particular person process for a patch right?  I was
> thinking more a case of "Contributor X followed all the right procedures
> and is now waiting for *any* reviewer within project Y".

'Contributor X' - is a person that typically did not give consent to be 
tracked. That's the problem I mentioned before.

In general, though, I think that such tracking would be just a huge 
waste of time, based on data at hand.

Looking at 
(query on OpenJDK mailing lists archived at Markmail with the exception 
of distro-pkg-dev for threads where there is a diff or patch attached to 
an e-mail and the e-mail does not come from someone ) leads 
me to believe that in less than a handful of cases in 2015 a thread 
ended with someone sending in a patch and not getting a reply.

That's across dozens of mailing lists and thousands of messages.

> How about we split up the project mailing lists amongst the adoption
> members to monitor for new people.

> Would that help/work you think?

Not really.

When an OCA is processed, a new Contributor gets a message that points 
them to someone who can answer their questions about contributing (e.g. 
me), asks them if they have been working with someone within the OpenJDK 
community already, points them to the contribution guide and mailing 
lists, and encourages them to introduce themselves on the discuss list.

Obviously, someone deliberately skipping step 0 of the contributing 
guide at would not see that message, 
but, as a wise philosopher once said, "people are people". Following 
instructions is not everyone's cup of tea. [0]  ;)

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