On Sun, 29 Nov 2015 at 21:08 Guido van Rossum <guido@python.org> wrote:
On Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 7:54 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan@gmail.com> wrote:
On 30 November 2015 at 03:12, Brett Cannon <brett@python.org> wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback. And the "do nothing" option is there, although it's
> so disliked by so many people that the chances of us not changing our
> workflow is pretty slim.

The interests of folks that prefer the terminal focused
"commit-locally-and-push" workflow can still be taken into account in
the evaluation though - while it appears likely either GitHub or
GitLab will be adopted as the repository management service, whether
or not the maintenance branches and the default branch are marked as
protected so even core developers *have* to go through the web based
merge process is a separate question.

What?! I've never worked with a GitHub-based project where you *had* to use the web-based merge process. Hopefully that's not really on the table. In fact I'm not a big fan of GitHub's web-based merge process at all -- I much prefer seeing a simple linear history in the master (and I don't like preserving  intermediate commits made during the PR review process).

Donald addressed the protected branch bits, but the web-based PR merging will be discussed as a possible allowed workflow. It doesn't have to be settled now but just so you know my position, I like the web-based merging as it means I don't have to worry about being on a machine with a repo and SSH keys in order to do a merge (e.g., I could do a merge from my Chromebook while on vacation or at work on my lunch break without issue). I also don't mind the intermediate merges as it gives contributors proper attribution for their work (you can use I believe `git log --merges` to only see git merge logs which would be written by core devs).

There are also tools like git-pulls (Ruby:
https://github.com/schacon/git-pulls) and hub (Go:
https://hub.github.com/) that let folks review and merge GitHub PRs
from the terminal. (I had a quick look through some of the command
line clients listed at https://about.gitlab.com/applications/, but
didn't see anything as workflow focused as git-pulls or hub, so "good
support for terminal based usage" may count as a concrete technical
differentiator here)

Review and merge process should be separable. After 10+ years of using web-based review tools I personally wouldn't dream of using a terminal-based *review* (as opposed to merge) process. Though of course if that's your preference you should be able to do it.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)