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We’re not in terrible shape, but we’re not in good shape either.
There were 11 responses:
Here is a rough summary of the 11 responses. 4 developers (devA, devE, devJ, devK) did not report any “problematic” reasons. Of the remaining 7 developers, the reported problems are:
|Patch-handling (git branch, countdown, staging, etc)||devB, devC, devF, devH, devL,|
|Mailing lists arguments||devB, devC, devG,|
|maintenance procrastination; things not getting done||devC, devH,|
|lack of people with specific responsibilities (particularly mentors)||devC, devD,|
|lack continuous integration environment and really automated testing||devB|
|no feeling of “teamwork”||devC,|
|too long / too much effort to produce stable releases||devC,|
|number of open issues (overwhelming, demoralizing)||devC,|
|difficult to contribute with windows and a slow computer (lilydev is not suitable)||devG|
|feeling that other people could complete a task much quicker||devH,|
|time spent reading+writing emails||devH,|
|Reviews (lack of quantity, to much nitpicking of words)||devH,|
|lack of overall vision or roadmap||devH,|
Obvious “policy” problems to discuss in the coming weeks: patch handling, stable releases, roadmap, better testing.
Mailing list arguments are a trickier issue. It’s clearly a big problem, but this isn’t something we can fix by waving a change of policy. I’ll schedule a time to discuss it. We need to do something about this, although at the moment I have no immediate suggestions.
Lack of people with responsibilities, mentors, lack of reviews, type of reviews, things not getting done, number of open issues: I don’t see many “policy” that can help with this (other than generally encouraging people to spend more time and/or eliminating things which drive people away). It’s certainly to note that these are problems, though. The best I can think of is to clarify who is currently responsible for what, and make the vacancies more apparent. Again, I’ll schedule a time to discuss these.
There are a few problems that I can’t see any real “project” solution to: difficult to contribute with windows, feeling that other people could finish tasks faster, time spent reading+writing email. I suggest that we simply acknowledge that those are problems, but focus discussion on other issues.
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