[development] RTBC is now "reviewed & tested by the community"

John Wilkins drupal.user at albin.net
Fri Feb 29 00:28:50 UTC 2008

On Feb 22, 2008, at 11:53 PM, Dries Buytaert wrote:
> So we're choosing sub-optimal status fields to preserve backward
> compatibility?  That is very non-Drupal ...
> The whole 'tested and reviewed by the community' stuff doesn't make a
> whole lot of sense to me. I wouldn't mind to have us switch back to
> 'ready to be committed'.

But as we discussed in July (http://lists.drupal.org/pipermail/development/2007-July/025007.html 
), newcomers think that "ready to be committed" means that it WILL get  
committed. So the "ready to be committed" wording doesn't make a whole  
lot of sense to them.

 From July:
 > We need a solution [to the RTBC problem] that naturally aligns new  
 > expectations with how core development is actually done.

'reviewed and tested by the community' is /slightly/ better (IMO) than  
the old RTBC meaning because it doesn't imply (to newcomers) that  
committers should commit everything that is RTBC.

BUT... I don't think any 4-5 word phrase is adequate to explain when  
an issue should be marked RTBC.

It would be much more useful to have a #description text below the  
Priority and Status pull-down menus that briefly describes those  
fields and links to the full Priority and Status definitions.
For example in the line directly below the "Status" pull-down menu,  
place something like this:
   Descriptions of how to use Priority and Status levels can be found  
in the
   Contributing to Development Handbook [http://drupal.org/node/10259].

See this feature request: http://drupal.org/node/159457

Wouldn't that be much more useful than reverting RTBC?

  - John

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