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Re: What's with the test-patches volunteers?

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: What's with the test-patches volunteers?
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:19:39 +0100
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On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 10:07:32AM +0200, David Kastrup wrote:
> I am afraid that you overestimate what I have been doing.  I've been
> running test-patches and looking at pretty pictures.

You've done more than that; you occasionally say "this looks like
a silly design" or "why not do XYZ instead".  You say that quite
often after patches are accepted and you're trying to work on that
area of code, but you still catch some of those problems during
the review.

That's what I'm asking you to do.  I'm not asking you to look at
the pretty pictures; don't look at any patch until somebody has
signed off on those pretty pictures.  That was the whole point of
Patchy, after all!  I don't want to waste developers' time by
looking at patches which have easily-found problems like regtest

But after that's done -- after a patch has passed Patchy and is on
a countdown -- then please look at the patch, and ask yourself "if
I had to fix a bug or add a feature to this part of the code base,
would that change make my work easier or harder?".

- Graham

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