[openstack-dev] [all][stackalytics] Gaming the Stackalytics stats

Anita Kuno anteaya at anteaya.info
Fri Apr 8 20:51:28 UTC 2016

On 04/08/2016 04:39 PM, John Dickinson wrote:
> On 8 Apr 2016, at 13:35, Jeremy Stanley wrote:
>> On 2016-04-08 19:42:18 +0200 (+0200), Dmitry Tantsur wrote:
>>> There are many ways to game a simple +1 counter, such as +1'ing changes
>>> that already have at least 1x +2, or which already approved, or which need
>>> rechecking...
>> [...]
>> The behavior which baffles me, and also seems to be on the rise
>> lately, is random +1 votes on changes whose commit messages and/or
>> status clearly indicate they should not merged and do not need to be
>> reviewed. I suppose that's another an easy way to avoid the dreaded
>> "disagreements" counter?
>> -- 
>> Jeremy Stanley
> I have been told that some OpenStack on boarding teaches new members of the community to do reviews. And they say, effectively, "muddle through as you can. You won't understand it all at first, but do your best. When you're done, add a +1 and move to the next one"

Oh my, I haven't heard that but I agree, such advice is very unhelpful
and unlikely to help reviewers learn good habits.

I offer up this post from my blog when asked for assistance in how to
review patches:

The folks who have bothered to read it and work through the steps I
outline do go on to provide useful reviews and gain confidence in their

Thanks John,

> I've been working to correct this when I've seen it, but +1 reviews with no comments might not be people trying to game. It might simply be people trying to get involved that don't know any better yet.
> --John
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