From: "Gustav Wikström" <email@example.com> To: TEC <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Concerns about community contributor support Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 22:07:05 +0000 [thread overview] Message-ID: <HE1PR02MB317762342564799F4D3CFF60DA499@HE1PR02MB3177.eurprd02.prod.outlook.com> (raw) In-Reply-To: <email@example.com> Hi Tim, Another data point from me. I agree with your concerns, although they are difficult to solve! Since we're talking about voluntary work and non-paid work. And maintenance can take a lot of time and effort. This is not the first time this topic comes up on the list. Both you and me took part of the discussion after the 9.4.2 release, that hinted at similar topics . And since Bastien has been in the process of handing over the maintenance role to someone else for quite some time now, it's not strange that the issue will continue to resurface until that process is done. What I take away from this thread is mainly one thing: Another hand raised, eager to take on community work! Since you mentioned that you're interested. The more the merrier! Open source is tough though. It's very much a meritocracy. But by doing stuff that is considered to be good, and good stuff will come back to you. Org mode isn't "finished". And I for one hope the community can continue to surprise with new, nice functionality. Even though some are perfectly happy where it is right now. In my world this is dual property of stability and extensibility is enabled by refactoring into a stable, small(er), less entangled and functional core while also encouraging extension packages/modes. Like org-roam and the likes. A suggestion from me, fwiw, and if you're serious about getting more involved in the community, is to see if Bastien has some time to discuss this maintenance transition, and to see if there is anywhere where you can fit into that picture. But start small. ;) I'm very interested in hearing more on how the thoughts are going in that department - and if there are others who have similar thoughts as you in terms of maybe putting more time into the project. But maybe don't see how help out, and with what. Personally I'm also still hoping for "Org mode maintainer/advocate/whatever" to be something that someone out there can be occupied full time with. The value of the ideas and the software surely is there to warrant it. The question is only how to make it interesting enough for people to help out with funding! : https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/emacs-orgmode/2020-12/msg00511.html Best, Gustav ________________________________________ From: Emacs-orgmode <firstname.lastname@example.org> on behalf of Timothy <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, April 16, 2021 20:43 To: org-mode-email Subject: Concerns about community contributor support Dear all, Over the last few months I have felt an increasing level of concern over the lack of response to patches. This email is rather long, but please, bear with me. The goal is to start a discussion on the problems this creates, and consider short and long-term solutions. When both community and maintainer response to new patches is lacking, many first-time contributors are actively dissuaded from contributing again. Furthermore, each patch represents a considerable time investment --- particularly if it's from an individual who is new to the mailing list / patch workflow. Org-mode is not "done" and still requires the support of long-term contributors to keep improving, anything that discourages them from contributing back to the community needs to be carefully understood and resolved if we want to continue harmoniously. Take for example Jay Bosamiya's patch from September last year . It appears to be his first submission to this mailing list, and yet there has been absolutely no response to it. There are currently 24 other patches listed on the updates.orgmode.org which have seen no response from this community, some of which are from first-time contributors. There are 36 other patches with at least two replies, but yet to be resolved. Bastien's updates.orgmode.org is fantastic in helping prevent contributions slip through the cracks, but it is also highlighting the lack of community response to a significant number of patches. This mailing list was my first experience with an email+patch based contribution workflow. Thankfully, I received prompt and friendly feedback and was guided through the adjustments needed so it could be merged in a timely manner. Should my patch have been similarly ignored, I would have been quite disheartened; it is not an overstatement to say I would likely have written off this mailing list and not tried again. Simply put, this is not good enough. This does a disservice to those that have dedicated time and effort to try and better this project only to be ignored. Not rejected, not even acknowledged, nothing. It is imperative that this community improves our response to contributions for the long-term health of this project. Do not take me to be a doomsayer; I have faith that Org is going to keep on improving regardless. However, failing to welcome and encourage contributors has a deleterious effect on the health of the project. I do not blame the maintainers in the slightest. As Bastien brought up in a recent worg discussion, as time goes on we find ourselves taking on more and more life responsibilities. Therefore it's in our best interest to delegate some of the maintainer responsibilities to consistently active, and supportive community members to "pass down the torch" so the community and platform can continue to expand with grace and care. What can the community do? I don't know of any silver bullet, but I believe there are some steps which could help, namely: + The development and publication of "reasonable expectations" which contributors should have when submitting a patch, and that the maintainers should strive to uphold (e.g. "expect a response within <some timeframe>"). + A community effort/sprint to respond to those patches that have been seemingly abandoned + Onboarding of new maintainers, when reasonable and suitable candidates exist (I'd very willingly throw my hat in the ring for consideration). If it's too much work, spread it out as much as possible. If any other ideas come to mind, please share them so we can discuss them further. Finally, it's not all bad. While this discussion has called for some criticism, I don't want to give the false impression that I think nothing is working and nobody is supporting contributors. This is not the case at all, there are some standout individuals one the mailing list who have been fantastic. Kudos to you all. My best to everyone, Timothy  https://orgmode.org/list/CAOywxZg1cBL07THLZXHBBCzm6te2vMtqnmM0w63331gybrjZuw@mail.gmail.com/  https://firstname.lastname@example.org/
next prev parent reply other threads:[~2021-04-19 22:41 UTC|newest] Thread overview: 55+ messages / expand[flat|nested] mbox.gz Atom feed top 2021-04-16 18:43 Timothy 2021-04-17 23:29 ` Thomas S. Dye 2021-04-18 1:56 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-18 19:39 ` Timothy 2021-04-18 22:45 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-19 21:43 ` David Masterson 2021-04-19 22:21 ` Gustav Wikström 2021-04-23 0:16 ` David Masterson 2021-04-19 23:46 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-20 8:21 ` Tom Gillespie 2021-04-23 0:34 ` David Masterson 2021-04-20 9:28 ` Jean Louis 2021-04-23 0:38 ` David Masterson 2021-04-18 5:04 ` Timothy 2021-04-18 18:45 ` Thomas S. Dye 2021-04-18 19:12 ` Timothy 2021-04-18 19:46 ` Thomas S. Dye 2021-04-18 19:59 ` Timothy [not found] ` <a64adc3de7be49039372851ea31e4f7c@VI1PR0102MB3327.eurprd01.prod.exchangelabs.com> 2021-04-19 10:04 ` Eric S Fraga 2021-04-20 3:54 ` Timothy 2021-04-19 22:07 ` Gustav Wikström [this message] 2021-04-21 9:33 ` Jean Louis 2021-04-21 9:50 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-21 10:25 ` Heinz Tuechler 2021-04-21 12:55 ` ian martins 2021-04-21 13:07 ` Timothy [not found] ` <1c557c0e35e04440ba2dadfe57e5b590@VI1PR0102MB3327.eurprd01.prod.exchangelabs.com> 2021-04-21 13:27 ` Eric S Fraga 2021-04-21 15:31 ` ian martins 2021-04-21 15:38 ` Bruce D'Arcus 2021-04-21 19:35 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-22 0:36 ` ian martins 2021-04-22 0:48 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-22 2:35 ` Timothy 2021-04-22 5:14 ` Maintaining babel packages — a list of packages that need help? Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide 2021-04-22 10:10 ` ian martins 2021-04-26 7:25 ` Bastien 2021-04-22 10:00 ` Concerns about community contributor support ian martins 2021-04-21 19:31 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-25 4:30 ` Bastien 2021-04-25 5:52 ` Contributor Steward role (was Re: Concerns about community contributor support) Timothy 2021-04-25 7:13 ` Bastien 2021-04-25 6:17 ` Concerns about community contributor support Tim Cross 2021-04-25 7:19 ` Bastien 2021-04-26 0:23 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-26 5:00 ` Bastien 2021-04-26 6:07 ` Tim Cross 2021-04-26 7:34 ` Bastien 2021-04-25 10:10 ` Help with reproducing bugs reported on this list (was: Concerns about community contributor support) Bastien 2021-04-27 6:28 ` Help with reproducing bugs reported on this list Bastien 2021-04-25 21:40 ` Concerns about community contributor support Nick Savage 2021-04-26 7:22 ` Bastien 2021-04-29 14:07 ` D 2021-04-29 14:16 ` Bastien 2021-04-29 14:44 ` D 2021-04-29 14:29 ` Ihor Radchenko
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