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Re: On commit access, patch review, and remaining healthy

From: Giovanni Biscuolo
Subject: Re: On commit access, patch review, and remaining healthy
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 11:49:47 +0200

Hi Arun,

Arun Isaac <> writes:

> Tooling aside, at least for me, I think there is an important emotional
> and psychological aspect to patch review. Maybe others share it too. So,
> I'll speak up.

Thanks a lot for your speak up!

> Guix has very high coding standards

Do you think other software distribution do have less high coding


> but that means that there is a high cost of failure

please can you expand on this?  What is that cost of failure?

> and a pressure to live up to that high standard. This means that even
> if I'm 99% sure of a commit, I tend to leave it to others because of
> that nagging 1% doubt I have about some trivial aspect of the
> patch. The 1% doubt could even be about really trivial things like
> indentation or the name of a variable. In other words, perfectionism
> causes paralysis.

generally speaking I really understand your feeling (the "impostor
syndrome" as Ludo' say) but please do not be paralyzed by this feeling,
do /not/ have fear to make a mistake, we (pluralis majestatis :-D ) are
not here to judge you

specifically speaking, IMHO in cases like this you should send an
email-reply to that bug (patch) explaining the 1% you are unsure of

> This excessive self-doubt is created by feeling like one doesn't
> "belong" in the elite community of Guix hackers

I undestand there are many meanings of "elite" [1], but if it's an elite
it is /for sure/ a very open group of persons


Thanks!  Gio'


Giovanni Biscuolo

Xelera IT Infrastructures

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