I think I preferred it when people just stared blankly when I told
them what I do.
-- Val Henson
When you reject useful patches based on "this is not our preferred
style", you piss people off. That is a significant reason why
people choose to spend their time elsewhere. In certain cases
having people abandon the kernel may be a net gain, in many it is a
-- Jörn Engel
[M]y experience with checkpatch.pl is the exact opposite of what you
fear: it _widened_ the contributor base: a good number of newbies
felt encouraged that an objective piece of tool reports an "error"
in a file that was written by otherwise "much more knowledgable"
kernel hackers. checkpatch.pl is basically the "yes, really, you
are right, this piece of code in the Linux kernel is indeed crap"
review tool that reinforces newbies. It lowers the bar of entry to
kernel hacking, and it does so for exactly those pieces of code
that we want newbies to be active on: barely maintained source
-- Ingo Molnar
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