tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Sep 24 21:36:16 CEST 2010
On 9/24/2010 1:41 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Yes, and we'd all like more people to do more "real" work. But not
> everybody has the time or skills. I think this is a case where
> "agreeing to disagree" is the best we can do.
There is also the matter of letting people start with something they
feel condident with and grow into more complicated tasks.
> Specifically, Terry has made a strong case that "a few minutes per
> issue" *can* improve the tracker in ways that *are* noticable to some
> of the developers (and some of them have acknowledged that). It would
> be nice if the "tracker trimmers" could assemble 60 of those into a
> few hours, and do some "real work", but that's often just not possible
> (especially for people with minimal programming expertise as yet).
>  Trawlers take fish out of the ocean: not really the best
> metaphor. Gardening is a better metaphor.
For instance, while 'gardening', I discovered 4! duplicate open issues
about the bug created by the difflib.SequenceMatcher heuristic. I
consolidated them into one, got intrigued, did some tests with 3.1, read
difflib.py, ..., and now have a patch posted written with Eli Bendersky.
Terry Jan Reedy
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