[tc][stable] Changing stable branch policy

Mohammed Naser mnaser at vexxhost.com
Tue Nov 19 17:58:12 UTC 2019

On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 6:16 AM Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:
> Ghanshyam Mann wrote:
> > [...]
> > I am still finding difficult to understand the change and how it will solve the current problem.
> >
> > The current problem is:
> > * Fewer contributors in the stable-maintenance team (core stable team and project side stable team)
> >   which is nothing but we have fewer contributors who understand the stable policies.
> >
> > * The stable policies are not the problem so we will stick with current stable policies across all the projects.
> >   Stable policies have to be maintained at single place for consistency in backports across projects.
> > [...]
> I don't think that this the problem this change wants to solve.
> Currently the stable-core team is perceived as a bottleneck to getting
> more people into project-specific stable teams, or keeping those teams
> membership up to date. As a result stable maintenance is still seen in
> some teams as an alien thing, rather than an integral team duty.
> I suspect that by getting out of the badge-granting game, stable-core
> could focus more on stable policy definition and education, and review
> how well or bad each team does on the stable front. Because reviewing
> backports for stable branch suitability is just one part of doing stable
> branch right -- the other is to actively backport relevant patches.
> Personally, the main reason I support this change is that we have too
> much "ask for permission" things in OpenStack today, something that was
> driven by a code-review-for-everything culture. So the more we can
> remove the need to ask for permission to do some work, the better.

For context, I thought I'd gather my thoughts to explain the idea best and
woke up to this well summarized email by Thierry.  I agree with this and the
intention is indeed what Thierry is mentioning here.

> --
> Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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