[openstack-dev] [qa] Policy on spelling and grammar

Ben Nemec openstack at nemebean.com
Mon Nov 11 19:54:14 UTC 2013

On 2013-11-11 13:28, Tim Bell wrote:
> As a speaker of the Queen's English, I find flavor to be incorrect.
> Does that mean I can -1 any patch that does not use flavour ?
> At CERN, we are working with 130 countries in a single community. The
> value of the contribution of non-english speakers far exceeds the
> occasional misunderstandings.
> Giving grammar/spellings -1 excludes major sections of the community
> from contribution.
> As our aim is meritocracy (in python, computer architecture and design
> rather than spelling), I'd propose
> - If someone identifies a need for clarification/correction as part of
> a review, they also submit the replacement text rather than just -1.
> - The submitter incorporates that change into a patch

Agreed.  Whenever possible, a grammar/spelling -1 should include 
proposed alternatives (I say whenever possible because I've -1'd a few 
changes where the docstrings were incomprehensible to me, so I couldn't 
provide a better alternative as I wasn't sure what they were trying to 
say :-).


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