ELC: Morton and Saxena on working with the kernel community
Posted Apr 24, 2008 23:31 UTC (Thu) by aegl
In reply to: ELC: Morton and Saxena on working with the kernel community
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I think that Andrew's comments about a democracy that doesn't vote relates to the high rate of abstentions when a patch is posted.
Everyone CAN vote by posting a reply to any patch submission with either a YES ("Acked-by:") or a NO (reason for not merging). But hardly anybody does.
There are currently 4816 subscribers to the linux-kernel mailing list. Most "votes" are carried with 2 YES (proposer of the patch and 1 Ack) and 4814 abstentions. This is a good thing. A well thought out and obviously correct patch should get merged with minimal discussion. If everybody did start voting, the mailing list would grind to a halt (If every one of the 12,000+ commits that got us from 2.6.24 to 2.6.25 was discussed by all 4816 readers of LKML, then vger.kernel.org would melt under the load).
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