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David Golden
July 3, 2010 08:00
Re: backporting into 5.12.2 -- was kill $1 broken
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On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Craig A. Berry <> wrote:
> Having new people is good.  If using git made it easier for any of
> those people to get involved, that's also good.  But as the stats
> below show, except for karl, the top 5 patch authors since the move to
> git are all current or retired pumpkings.  So thank goodness for karl,
> and for other new people doing good things, and thank goodness for
> jesse's decision to put on the funny hat, but we're still relying on a
> very small number of people to do the bulk of the work.

Digging deeper, I looked at the percent of patches for the top ten and
next ten for everything before GitLive-blead and then everything

1-10   Before: 67%   After: 68%
11-20 Before: 9%    After: 14%

From that, it's clear that the pickup has been in the second rank.
What will be interesting to see is how the composition of the top
twenty changes over time.  While 4 of the top 5 are pumpkings, only
half of the top ten are.

> And in committers of others' patches, we're really not crowdsourcing
> at all.  About a third of the 30+ committers have never committed a
> single patch authored by someone else.

The percentage of the top ten is almost identical before and after
GitLive-blead (89.5%)

However, I didn't think the expansion of commit bits was intended to
get more people applying other's patches.  I thought it was to let
dual-life maintainers update their modules directly without burdening
the existing committers.  Then some few of them (like me) have gone on
to apply patches.

-- David

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