[development] Drupal development maintenance teams
rob at robshouse.net
Mon Apr 27 01:22:18 UTC 2009
Greg, I totally understand your sentiment about "teams". However, if
there are "leaders" in these areas, and the teams can be ad-hoc, how
does that feel? The important thing, to me, is empowering more of the
exceptional people in the community become stronger leaders (by
vesting power and responsibility in them).
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On Apr 27, 2009, at 3:03 AM, Greg Knaddison wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 1:56 PM, Nedjo Rogers <nedjo at islandnet.com>
>> For each area, we have one or two leads--an expanded version of the
>> "maintainers" we already have designated for different areas of
>> core. These leads continue to be appointed by Dries. But instead of
>> being individually responsible for an area, these leads select and
>> a team of maintainers. These teams are managed a lot like the current
>> maintainers list.
>> Here's an idea of how it might work. Dries appoints an lead in a
>> area, e.g., internationalization. That lead invites individuals with
>> proven expertise and a track record to become formal members of the
>> internationalization maintenance team, responsible for all issues
>> in the
>> "multilingual support" and locale module components. Members of this
>> team are listed on a drupal.org page along with members of the other
>> members of the team. The basic responsibility of team members is to
>> review, update, and refine patches in their given areas until they
>> closed. They can also take a step back as needed and evaluate overall
>> progress and needs in an area, prioritizing patches to review and
>> improve or creating new ones. Patch contributors can contact team
>> members directly to discuss their patches and get help.
> FWIW, I really like the current (somewhat chaotic) system without
> maintainers and teams. Teams in other projects strike me as something
> that creates a barrier to entry rather than increasing involvement. I
> like how anyone can show up and, with a few days of
> commenting/patching intelligently join a "team."
> The docs team is morphing and has moved to a more distributed model
> that allows anyone to maintain most of the pages in the handbook.
> I've heard several people say "well, I'm not on Drupal's core team so
> I can't be involved in developing patches." Of course I correct them
> that we have no such team and they are empowered to contribute just
> like everyone, but the "team/outsider" feeling persists based on false
> perceptions of the project.
> I wonder if there's something that can be done to provide greater
> recognition/control for individuals in certain areas without erecting
> this kind of false barrier. Another alternative would be to try out
> the team idea in one area - like i18n - and then re-evaluate for core
> in general based on the success of that pilot.
> Greg Knaddison
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