Where have all the reviewers gone?
Posted Sep 14, 2006 7:03 UTC (Thu) by dark
Parent article: Where have all the reviewers gone?
I think you should distinguish between review before a patch is accepted, and review after code has been published and is in the hands of users. Only the latter is what I would call "peer review" -- since it's independent -- and it's what the often-proclaimed advantage refers to: our code is public. And that's the published code, not proposed code on a mailing list.
Otherwise, proprietary software could have the same kind of "peer review", and many of them do have proposed code reviewed by fellow developers before it goes in. (Well, ok. Some of them. :-)
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