Lennart Regebro writes:
Sure, but that's still *work*, and it's work for *somebody else*.
Yes, but only when the checkin was wrong. For all other checkins, it's *less* work. Hence, a committer needs to basically fudge up every second checkin to cause more work than he relieves work. :)
Counting checkins is not the appropriate way to measure work here, and there are externalities. In my experience (in other projects, I suspect it applies to Python, too), most patches produced by newcomers scratch very personal itches that almost nobody else cares about. Many of their bugs, however, affect a large number of users.
Similarly, but much less seriously, I suspect that issue triage by newcomers will not result in very "Pythonic" decisions. I won't say that setting priority or assignee inappropriately "fucks things up", but they do increase entropy of the project. Terry Reedy disagreed with Sean's judgment about setting priority and assignee, a useful discussion that would *not* have happened with the policy you propose.
It might be preferable for that discussion to have happened on the tracker-discuss list, of course, but IMHO it's good for such threads to happen somewhere that tracker workers can see it.