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

Clint Byrum clint at fewbar.com
Thu Jun 19 00:19:09 UTC 2014

Excerpts from Duncan Thomas's message of 2014-06-17 03:56:10 -0700:
> 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. 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.

Perhaps we should incentivize having a good "reviews to patches" ratio
somehow. There are probably quite a few people who are not ever going to
be core reviewers, but who don't mind doing a few reviews per day.

I can think of a few ways, but one way is to make that a real statistic
(brace yourselves for the warnings of "gaming the system") and then give
the top 10 non-core reviews to patches ratios a shout out each release.

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