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

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Mon May 22 12:35:21 EDT 2017


On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 4:52 PM, Marten van Kerkwijk
<m.h.vankerkwijk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Matthew,
>> it seems to me that we could get 80% of the way to a reassuring blueprint with a relatively small amount of effort.
> 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!
> 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. Indeed, it may be that the old
> adage "every initiative is punishable" holds here...

I understand what you're saying, but I think a more helpful way of
thinking of it, is putting the groundwork in place for the most
fruitful possible collaboration.

> would you, or one
> of the others who feels it is important to have a blueprint, be
> willing to provide a concrete text for discussion?

It doesn't make sense for me to do that, I'm #13 for commits in the
last year.  I'm just one of the many people who completely depend on
numpy.  Also, taking a little time to think these things through seems
like a small investment with the potential for significant gain, in
terms of improving communication and mitigating risk.

So, I think my suggestion is that it would be a good idea for
Nathaniel and the current steering committee to talk through how this
is going to play out, how the work will be selected and directed, and
so on.



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