[nova][ptg] Review culture (was: Ussuri scope containment)

Bal√°zs Gibizer balazs.gibizer at est.tech
Tue Oct 1 16:19:44 UTC 2019

On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM, Eric Fried <openstack at fried.cc> wrote:
> Thanks for the responses, all.
> This subthread is becoming tangential to my original purpose, so I'm
> renaming it.
>>>  The best way to get reviews is to lurk in IRC and beg.
> <snip>
>>  When I joined I was taught that instead of begging go and review 
>> open
>>  patches which a) helps the review load of dev team b) makes you 
>> known
>>  in the community. Both helps getting reviews on your patches. Does 
>> it
>>  always work? No. Do I like begging for review? No. Do I like to get
>>  repatedly pinged to review? No. So I would suggest not to declare 
>> that
>>  the only way to get review is to go and beg.
> I recognize I was generalizing; begging isn't really "the best way" to
> get reviews. Doing reviews and becoming known (and *then* begging :) 
> is
> far more effective -- but is literally impossible for many 
> contributors.
> Even if they have the time (percentage of work week) to dedicate
> upstream, it takes massive effort and time (calendar) to get there. We
> can not and should not expect this of every contributor.

Sure, it is not easy for a new commer to read a random nova patch. But 
I think we should encourage them to do so. As that is one of the way 
how a newcomer will learn how nova (as software) works. I don't expect 
from a newcommer to point out in a nova review that I made a mistake 
about an obscure nova specific construct. But I think a newcommer still 
can give us valuable feedback about the code readability, about generic 
python usage, about English grammar...


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