Where have all the reviewers gone?
Posted Sep 14, 2006 22:39 UTC (Thu) by dlang
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In reply to: Where have all the reviewers gone?
Parent article: Where have all the reviewers gone?
this is a very important point
reviewing patches to see if they are acceptable requires not just someone who can understand code, but also somone who's judgement is trusted by the project. Earning that trust is hard, and people who do are frequently authors of code rather then reviewers of it.
on the other hand it takes no credentials to review code once it's been published. anyone can do it, and if they spot a problem they can report it (with or without a patch, it's perfectly fine to say 'hey, this looks wrong' even without a patch to fix it, these are bug reports, not feature requests)
this doesn't mean that the number of reviewers of both types can't be increased, we need more of both types, but the problem isn't the pending disaster this article implies.
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