[dev][all] note to non-core reviewers in all projects

Mohammed Naser mnaser at vexxhost.com
Tue May 21 14:47:13 UTC 2019

On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 9:37 PM Brian Rosmaita
<rosmaita.fossdev at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> A recent spate of +1 reviews with no comments on patches has put me into
> grumpy-old-man mode.
> A +1 with no comments is completely useless (unless you have a review on
> a previous patch set with comments that have been addressed by the
> author).  I already know you're a smart person (you figured out how to
> sign the CLA and navigate gerrit -- lots of people can't or won't do
> that), but all your non-comment +1 tells me is that you are in favor of
> the patch.  That doesn't give me any information, because I already know
> that the author is in favor of the patch, so that makes two of you out
> of about 1,168 reviewers.  That's not exactly a groundswell of support.

I feel a bit different about this.

Most cores probably leave a +2 with no comment to merge code, the implication
that a non-core needs to add more comments to it seems a bit 'unfair'.

I think this is something where we need to put our judgement in.  It may seem
that we get a bunch of +1s, but if there is also other -1s that have value and
comments, then I think it's okay that we get +1s.

tl;dr: I don't think we should say "if you're going to give a +1,
leave a comment
why you agree", IMHO.

> When you post your +1, please leave a comment explaining why you
> approve, or at least what in particular you looked at in the patch that
> gave you a favorable impression.  This whole open source community thing
> is a collaborative effort, so please collaborate!  You comment does not
> have to be profound.  Even just saying that you checked that the release
> note or docs on the patch rendered correctly in HTML is very helpful.
> The same thing goes for leaving a -1 on a patch.  Don't just drop a -1
> bomb with no explanation.  The kind of review that will put you on track
> for becoming core in a project is what johnthetubaguy calls a
> "thoughtful -1", that is, a negative review that clearly explains what
> the problem is and points the author in a good direction to fix it.
> That's all I have to say.  I now return to my normal sunny disposition.
> cheers,
> brian

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