[vlc-devel] Leaking developers (was Re: chromecast: remove useless BUILT_SOURCES)

Rémi Denis-Courmont remi at remlab.net
Mon Oct 20 13:52:12 CEST 2014


Le 2014-10-20 09:38, Rob Jonson a écrit :
> Perhaps in a day or two, people might reflect on whether there is any
> pattern in how developers find themselves un-welcomed in the
> community.

The pattern if any is that some developers rejects or complains about 
an alleged issue with a patch, and the author of the patch takes it 
personally and leaves. There has been various reasons why the developer 
prefers to leave than fix the code, typically a combination of lack of 
time, money and/or skill.

That often involves me because I am grumpy, demanding and more active 
reviewer. I would very Very VERY gladly stop doing ungrateful unpaid 
reviews and hand over the responsibility to someone or accept salary for 
it (so I'm no longer grumpy about it). But I don't think that is 
realistic. And we cannot really remove reviews, lest the code base will 
go technically bankrupt in no time. So while there is arguably a 
pattern, I don't really see what to make of it.

Keep in mind that while we are short on developers, we are probably 
even shorter on reviewers.  I believe loosing candidate developers is a 
steep but hardly avoidable price to pay in open-source community-based 
software development.

In this specific case, I think Adrien over-interpreted, and overreacted 
to, the thread (not that I could blame people for overreacting).


Rémi Denis-Courmont

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