[openstack-dev] Garbage patches for simple typo fixes

Davanum Srinivas davanum at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 17:47:06 UTC 2017

Howard (cc'ed) already did a bunch of reaching out especially on
wechat. We should request his help.

Can you please help with communications and follow up?


On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 1:43 PM, Doug Hellmann <doug at doughellmann.com> wrote:
> Excerpts from Matt Riedemann's message of 2017-09-22 08:26:31 -0500:
>> On 9/22/2017 7:10 AM, Tom Barron wrote:
>> > FWIW I think it is better not to attribute motivation in these cases.
>> > Perhaps the code submitter is trying to pad stats, but perhaps they are
>> > just a new contributor trying to learn the process with a "harmless"
>> > patch, or just a compulsive clean-upper who hasn't thought through the
>> > costs in reviewer time and CI resources.
>> I agree. However, the one that set me off last night was a person from
>> one company who I've repeatedly -1ed the same types of patches in nova
>> for weeks, including on stable branches, and within 10 minutes of each
>> other across several repos, so it's clearly part of some daily routine.
>> That's what prompted me to send something to the mailing list.
> As fungi points out, education and communication are likely to be
> our best solution. Maybe one approach is to identify the companies
> and individuals involved and find one of our community members to
> contact them directly via email.  We would want the person doing
> that to be willing to explain all of the reasons the community does
> not want the sort of activity we are rejecting and to provide
> guidance about more useful contributions (Matt's comment is a great
> start on both). I imagine that conversation would take a good deal
> of patience, especially after the second or third time, but a personal
> touch frequently makes all the difference in these sorts of cases.
> If we have someone willing to step into that sort of role, I would
> be happy to help craft the initial contact messages and advise as
> needed.
> Does anyone want to volunteer to work with me and actually send the
> emails?
> Doug
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