Community-Help for the core-team in deadline-times
dalibor.topic at oracle.com
Mon Nov 30 13:56:56 UTC 2015
On 27.11.2015 15:23, Martijn Verburg wrote:
> Oh this would very much only be for people who wanted to have their
> patch helped through by this group, much like Sebastian asking for help...
You can't rely on an implicit assumption here - he didn't ask for his
activities to be tracked. He just asked what possible reason could there
be for not getting a reply to a mailing list post. I hope it's obvious
that's not the same thing at all.
Asking for help and answering such queries is perfectly fine. Tracking
people who ask for help is not. Neither is tracking people who offer (or
don't offer) help.
> Perhaps it being a common topic of discussion at FOSDEM and other places
> is a statistical aberration then...
There is sometimes a marked difference between subjective perception and
Some people tend to rely on hearsay and anecdotal evidence, and
overestimate the relevance of their own experiences and beliefs. There
was a popular comedy show around that distinction:
> Perhaps a reminder to that resource could be sent to new contributors.
> Perhaps a week after they sign the OCA (or some other milestone). As an
> example I send out a monthly email to the valhalla-dev mailing list on
> behalf of that project lead as a reminder on how best to contribute.
> Perhaps we could offer that service to other projects (they can of
> course say no).
I think a monthly reminder e-mail to this mailing list would be fine.
Unsolicited monthly or weekly reminder e-mails to individuals directly
would be a pretty bad idea, though.
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