Moving ara code review to GitHub

Sorin Sbarnea ssbarnea at
Thu Feb 25 17:32:53 UTC 2021

That move makes sense, it eases not only maintainer effort but also makes
it easier for others to contribute. Congrats!


On 25 Feb 2021 at 17:19:22, David Moreau Simard <dmsimard at> wrote:

> Hi openstack-discuss, long time no see o/
> I've long dreaded doing this and sending this email out because I know
> how the community feels about proprietary platforms and I value the
> four opens that the OpenStack community has taught me so much about.
> I've recently reached out and asked if people would be more likely to
> contribute to ara if pull requests were possible [1] and had a number
> of potential contributors interested.
> Don't get me wrong: I still like OpenStack (have a cloud in my
> basement!) and personally prefer the Gerrit change workflow to the one
> on GitHub.
> However, I've come to the conclusion that my personal preferences
> should not be a barrier to contribution and so for the health and
> sustainability of the project I'll move the code review for ara to
> GitHub leveraging Ansible's Zuul deployment [2] for CI.
> The truth is that ara never had many contributors and the few that
> were interested were often discouraged by the process involved in
> signing up and sending a change through Gerrit.
> It broke my heart to see a pull request being automatically closed
> with a template by an OpenStack bot.
> It broke my heart to have to tell people that they must jump through
> several hoops to send a patch.
> I was forever grateful every single time that someone actually went
> through the process and managed to get a patch merged with or without
> my help.
> For more than five years already, I've done my best to salvage these
> contributions and ask for help but at the end of the day, most of the
> Ansible community projects are on GitHub and it has weighed down on me
> heavily to battle this inertia.
> Frankly, it has been exhausting and even depressing sometimes.
> I'm thankful for the OpenStack (and OpenDev) communities for hosting
> the project until now and hope to continue talking to you on freenode
> -- you can find me in #ara amongst many other channels.
> See you around !
> [1]:
> [2]:
> David Moreau Simard
> dmsimard = [irc, github, twitter]
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