[python-committers] Mentoring Julien Palard (core), Cheryl Sabella (bug) and Sanyam Khurana (bug)

R. David Murray rdmurray at bitdance.com
Sat Dec 9 18:46:32 EST 2017

On Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:12:52 +0100, Victor Stinner <victor.stinner at gmail.com> wrote:
> I asked them to ask me to double check before merging a pull request
> (Julien) or closing a bug (Cheryl and Sanyam).

When I have promoted people to triage in the past I have not had them
check with me before making changes, but instead simply encouraged them
to ask me questions if they had doubts.  I base this on the advice I
was given my Martin von Loewis when he gave me triage privileges however
many years ago it was.  He said (paraphrased) "Don't be afraid to use
this power.  It is worse to to be tentative and not do the work than it
is to do the work and make mistakes.  All tracker changes are reversible,
so don't be afraid to make changes."

The point is, in Martin's judgement (and I have had no reason to doubt
it in the years that have followed) is that it is a far more common
problem for newly promoted people to be afraid to screw up than it is
for someone to go rogue and not listen when communicated with.  In my
experience the latter has happened only once, and we have a lot of
people with triage privileges.


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