[openstack-dev] Please stop reviewing code while asking questions

Amrith Kumar amrith at tesora.com
Fri Apr 24 15:23:22 UTC 2015

And if anyone wants to take this path, I’d like to point you to two additional references.




From: Brant Knudson [mailto:blk at acm.org]
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 11:16 AM
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Subject: Re: [openstack-dev] Please stop reviewing code while asking questions

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 10:06 AM, Salvatore Orlando <sorlando at nicira.com<mailto:sorlando at nicira.com>> wrote:

On 24 April 2015 at 16:50, Chris Friesen <chris.friesen at windriver.com<mailto:chris.friesen at windriver.com>> wrote:
On 04/24/2015 07:26 AM, Salvatore Orlando wrote:
If you think it might be beneficial to adjust tooling to that these
"contributions" get counted this is fine by me. I just wanted to point out that
I do not consider those contributions at all (and btw it would be at least more
polite to put a +1 rather than a -1).

If you're asking a question to elicit information, then it's quite possible you don't have enough information for a +1 yet.

This makes sense in general. I was referring to the specific cases posed by Julien - curiosities, pedantry, or questions unrelated to the scope of the patch.
Julien clarified that there actually questions which grant a -1, and surely never a +1. For instance the kind of "what if" questions listed by Doug. In this case it make sense for a reviewer to put a hold a patch while waiting for an answer.

Would anybody be willing to codify this into a document that we can point offenders to so that we can get better review quality over time? Maybe http://docs.openstack.org/infra/manual/developers.html#peer-review (was https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/ReviewChecklist ).

(Just don't be surprised when some joker posts a question with a -1 on the review.)

- Brant
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