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

Duncan Thomas duncan.thomas at gmail.com
Wed Jun 18 12:26:22 UTC 2014

On 18 June 2014 10:04, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:

> As an aside, we don't really need two core reviewers to bless a trivial
> change: one could be considered sufficient. So a patch marked as trivial
> which has a number of +1s could be +2/APRVed directly by a core reviewer.
> That would slightly reduce load on core reviewers, although I suspect
> most of the time is spent on complex patches, and trivial patches do not
> take that much time to process (or could even be seen as a nice break
> from more complex patch reviewing).

I think removing the need for two +2s is higher risk that you think -
the definition of 'trivial' gets stretched and stretched over time
because it allows people to get patches in quicker/easier and we end
up in a mess. I'm all for adding the tag, but reducing the review
requirements is, in my view, dangerous. If a change is truly trivial
then it is only going to take moments for the second core to review
it, so the saving really is negligible compared to the risk.

Duncan Thomas

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