[Numpy-discussion] UC Berkeley hiring developers to work on NumPy

Stephan Hoyer shoyer at gmail.com
Mon May 22 12:29:52 EDT 2017

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Marten van Kerkwijk <
m.h.vankerkwijk at gmail.com> wrote:

> My sentence "adapt the typical academic rule for conflicts of
> interests to PRs, that non-trivial ones cannot be merged by someone
> who has a conflict of interest with the author, i.e., it cannot be a
> superviser, someone from the same institute, etc." was meant as a
> suggestion for part of this blueprint!

This sounds like a good rule of thumb to me. As a practical matter, asking
someone outside to approve changes is a good way to ensure that decisions
are not short-circuited by offline discussions. But remember that per our
governance procedures, we already require consensus for decision making. So
I don't think we need an actual change here.

I'll readily admit, though, that since I'm not overly worried, I
> haven't even looked at the policies that are in place, nor do I intend
> to contribute much beyond this e-mail.

I am also not worried about this, really not at all. NumPy already has
governance procedures and a steering committee for handling exactly these
sorts of concerns, should they arise (which I also consider extremely
unlikely in the case of BIDS and their non-profit funder).
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