[openstack-dev] [nova] A modest proposal to reduce reviewer load

Gary Kotton gkotton at vmware.com
Tue Jun 17 11:36:22 UTC 2014

On 6/17/14, 1:56 PM, "Duncan Thomas" <duncan.thomas at gmail.com> wrote:

>A far more effective way to reduce the load of trivial review issues
>on core reviewers is for none-core reviewers to get in there first,
>spot the problems and add a -1 - the trivial issues are then hopefully
>fixed up before a core reviewer even looks at the patch.
>The fundamental problem with review is that there are more people
>submitting than doing regular reviews. If you want the review queue to
>shrink, do five reviews for every one you submit.


What you give is what you get!

> A -1 from a
>none-core (followed by a +1 when all the issues are fixed) is far,
>far, far more useful in general than a +1 on a new patch.
>On 17 June 2014 11:04, Matthew Booth <mbooth at redhat.com> wrote:
>> We all know that review can be a bottleneck for Nova patches.Not only
>> that, but a patch lingering in review, no matter how trivial, will
>> eventually accrue rebases which sap gate resources, developer time, and
>> will to live.
>> It occurs to me that there are a significant class of patches which
>> simply don't require the attention of a core reviewer. Some examples:
>> * Indentation cleanup/comment fixes
>> * Simple code motion
>> * File permission changes
>> * Trivial fixes which are obviously correct
>> The advantage of a core reviewer is that they have experience of the
>> whole code base, and have proven their ability to make and judge core
>> changes. However, some fixes don't require this level of attention, as
>> they are self-contained and obvious to any reasonable programmer.
>> Without knowing anything of the architecture of gerrit, I propose
>> something along the lines of a '+1 (trivial)' review flag. If a review
>> gained some small number of these, I suggest 2 would be reasonable, it
>> would be equivalent to a +2 from a core reviewer. The ability to set
>> this flag would be a privilege. However, the bar to gaining this
>> privilege would be low, and preferably automatically set, e.g. 5
>> accepted patches. It would be removed for abuse.
>> Is this practical? Would it help?
>> Matt
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