[openstack-dev] [nova] Is the BP approval process broken?

Alan Kavanagh alan.kavanagh at ericsson.com
Thu Aug 28 21:43:20 UTC 2014

I share Donald's points here, I believe what would help is to clearly describe in the Wiki the process and workflow for the BP approval process and build in this process how to deal with discrepancies/disagreements and build timeframes for each stage and process of appeal etc.
The current process would benefit from some fine tuning and helping to build safe guards and time limits/deadlines so folks can expect responses within a reasonable time and not be left waiting in the cold. 
My 2cents!

-----Original Message-----
From: Dugger, Donald D [mailto:donald.d.dugger at intel.com] 
Sent: August-28-14 10:43 PM
To: OpenStack Development Mailing List (not for usage questions)
Subject: Re: [openstack-dev] [nova] Is the BP approval process broken?

I would contend that that right there is an indication that there's a problem with the process.  You submit a BP and then you have no idea of what is happening and no way of addressing any issues.  If the priority is wrong I can explain why I think the priority should be higher, getting stonewalled leaves me with no idea what's wrong and no way to address any problems.

I think, in general, almost everyone is more than willing to adjust proposals based upon feedback.  Tell me what you think is wrong and I'll either explain why the proposal is correct or I'll change it to address the concerns.

Trying to deal with silence is really hard and really frustrating.  Especially given that we're not supposed to spam the mailing it's really hard to know what to do.  I don't know the solution but we need to do something.  More core team members would help, maybe something like an automatic timeout where BPs/patches with no negative scores and no activity for a week get flagged for special handling.

I feel we need to change the process somehow.

Don Dugger
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Pipes [mailto:jaypipes at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:44 PM
To: openstack-dev at lists.openstack.org
Subject: Re: [openstack-dev] [nova] Is the BP approval process broken?

On 08/27/2014 09:04 PM, Dugger, Donald D wrote:
> I'll try and not whine about my pet project but I do think there is a 
> problem here.  For the Gantt project to split out the scheduler there 
> is a crucial BP that needs to be implemented ( 
> https://review.openstack.org/#/c/89893/ ) and, unfortunately, the BP 
> has been rejected and we'll have to try again for Kilo.  My question 
> is did we do something wrong or is the process broken?
> Note that we originally proposed the BP on 4/23/14, went through 10 
> iterations to the final version on 7/25/14 and the final version got 
> three +1s and a +2 by 8/5.  Unfortunately, even after reaching out to 
> specific people, we didn't get the second +2, hence the rejection.
> I understand that reviews are a burden and very hard but it seems 
> wrong that a BP with multiple positive reviews and no negative reviews 
> is dropped because of what looks like indifference.

I would posit that this is not actually indifference. The reason that there may not have been >1 +2 from a core team member may very well have been that the core team members did not feel that the blueprint's priority was high enough to put before other work, or that the core team members did have the time to comment on the spec (due to them not feeling the blueprint had the priority to justify the time to do a full review).

Note that I'm not a core drivers team member.


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