[Python-Dev] Tracker reviews workflow and flags

anatoly techtonik techtonik at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 09:09:16 CET 2010

I want to push some of my patches before 2.7 and use 5-1 rule for
that, but I can't come up with any review workflow other than mailing
status of my comments to the issues here. I can't mark issues in any
way. How about giving users ability to set flags or keywords? Maybe
entering a separate field like "Review status"?

Real world example with issue8151. It is an issue with a trivial patch
in it. Everything what is needed is to dispatch it to stable `commit
queue` and port to trunk. It is not 'easy' - it is 'trivial', but I
have no means to mark it as 'easy' either, so even this trivial fix
lies in tracker for three days waiting for review.

About 'easy' flag:
"6	easy	This is an easy task (e.g. suitable for GHOP or bug day beginners)"
It seems that it is for the issue that requires a patch, but if the
patch is already there and nobody wants to commit it - what should I

Finally, review queue proposal.
To follow 5-1 rule, I need to review 5 issues, before mine is
reviewed, so I need some help from tracker.
1. I lack expertise in certain areas (C/C++, Mac OS, etc.), so I would
like to hide some issues under "Needs review" query, so they won't
bother me (if too many people marked issues in this way - the stats
may become a good reason for highly professional bug party)
2. I need ability to set "Needs review" flag back. Some issues were
once reviewed, but since then they've got modified and need further
comments.  The need the review again. That means pushed back _into the
end_ of patch queue.
3. Setting bug dependency by users. Often nobody wants to care about
issue, because it is just too long, there is much irrelevant comments
and nobody has time to read it. We don't have personal digg-like
comment filters to cope with the amount of text to be brain-loaded.
But it is possible to refactor such issue thread into separate
digestable issue/issues.

P.S.  About personal comment filters if anybody is interested in that.
Digg-like +1, -1 are good for voting, but for filtering it would be
nice to: 1. have several filters for different aspects of the thread,
2. have JS filter by marking individual phrases in comments and adding
ranges to filter using jquery / ajax

This way reviews will be more fun and easy.
anatoly t.

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