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Re: Developers, developers, developers

From: Tom
Subject: Re: Developers, developers, developers
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:11:36 +0000 (UTC)
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Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen <larsi <at> gnus.org> writes:

> Since Emacs is now on git, we'll get tons and tons of new Emacs
> developers, right? 

Git is a good step in this direction (a widely used VC), but 
something else would also be useful.

Is there an uptodate list of small tasks which someone can
starts working on? I don't mean bug reports and stuff, but
specific small tasks which are clearly defined, have to be
done and they are good for getting a taste of contributing
to emacs. Something which takes, say, a half on hour, or
1-2 hours to done.

E.g. adding documentation for something, adding new automatic
tests, doing some small code fix, etc.

There are many small tasks like this which occur during
development and it would be useful to have an uptodate list
of these. Maybe with a time estimation ("takes about 1 hour")

Keeping such a list increases the administration a bit, but
it would also be beneficial for offloading these tasks to
casual contributors.

E.g. someone says: "I have an hour of free time, I'll fix
something in emacs." and he goes to this list, picks a
task, does it, sends the patch and it can be crossed out.

So the regular developers would regularly add these small
tasks to the list which could be done by the casual 
contributors, so it would free up core developers to work
on other, more demanding tasks.

It seems to me the little more administration which 
consists of adding these tasks to this list would
be worth it.

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