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Re: PATCH: Countdown to 20120422

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: PATCH: Countdown to 20120422
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:05:23 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 07:14:24AM -0600, Colin Campbell wrote:
> To amplify my reply to Federico: if developers create similar
> tracker items and attach a trivial patch without creating a Rietveld
> issue, it would be very helpful if they would update the tracker
> item as "patch-new" or perhaps even as "patch-review".

I disagree; it would be very helpful if they realized that their
patch will not be considered for inclusion in lilypond.  There's a
handy git-cl script.  Use it.

We simply do not have the resources[1] to be nice about this.  
If you notice a new contributor making this mistake, then by all
means explain how to submit a patch in our desired manner.

[1] time, energy, and attention from senior developers.

If it sounds like I'm cold-heartedly throwing away potential
contributors in favor of established developers, then yes, I am.
My plan for improving lilypond development is:

1. make it easy for established developers
2. make it easy for new experienced developers
3. make it easy for new inexperienced developers
4. recruit new inexperienced developers (similar to GDP)

We're currently at step 1.  Patchy and staging are great steps
forward, and if 2.18 (yes, a full stable release after the next
one) comes out without any big problems, then I'll start working
on step 2.

- Graham

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