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

dalibor topic dalibor.topic at
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 
objective reality.

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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