[coreboot] coreboot mailing list now gerrit-free

Stefan Reinauer stefan.reinauer at coreboot.org
Wed Mar 20 21:12:20 CET 2013

* Paul Menzel <paulepanter at users.sourceforge.net> [130320 10:13]:
> Dear Stefan,
> Am Mittwoch, den 20.03.2013, 09:22 +0100 schrieb Stefan Reinauer:
> > it has been quite a while since we switched our version control system
> > to git + gerrit, and the incredible amount of emails has alienated one
> > or another person on this list, unfortunately. But help is finally here:
> as far as I remember this was discussed over a year ago and the majority
> preferred having just one list.

Looking at the threads of those discussions:

Five people voted for the split, the others didn't care. Nobody opposed.

Four out of four people voted for the split, nobody was against it.

> As was brought up several times lately this is not how the community
> is included in decision making in my opinion. At least a prior notice
> would have been nice.

After two polls on the mailing list, plus many people contacting Patrick
and me privately, I did not see anybody left out in any decision making
process. I'd like to apologize if you somehow got that impression.

> > We switched all gerrit based email traffic over to a new mailing list:
> > coreboot-gerrit at coreboot.org. To prevent everybody's inbox to break down
> > due to not working filters, we decided to _not_ automatically subscribe
> > everybody to the new mailing list. Please do subscribe yourself, if you
> > are interested in all the commit messages and code reviews flying by.
> > 
> > In order to subscribe to the new list, please visit:
> > http://www.coreboot.org/mailman/listinfo/coreboot-gerrit
> So thanks to no prior announcement, people now missed some mails,

No emails got lost in the process. The link above contains a link to the
mailing list archive that holds the mail. Also, all content is still
available without change in gerrit itself.

> all
> subscribers wanting Gerrit messages have to subscribe again and set up
> their filters which the opponents to one list did not want to do.

There was no easy way of making everybody happy here. We have had that
discussion once before, when we split out flashrom to an extra mailing
list a few years back and back then I refused to automatically subscribe
people to a new mailing list without their consent. Over the time
everybody involved in the flashrom project subscribed, and it turned out
to be no problem. In the end it seemed to make more sense to avoid
breaking everybody's filters at the cost of some people having to look
at the list archive. Stretching out the process with a transition period
would have expected people to subscribe to a list without email traffic
and no means to test their filters.

> One question remains what to do with replies to Gerrit messages. Some
> people do not use Gerrit for whatever reasons but do get Gerrit messages
> and want to reply per email for whatever reason. Like bringing an issues
> to broader attention or discussion. On what list should that happen? Or
> should <coreboot at coreboot.org> just be added to CC?

I think that everybody can make a judgement call on how they would like
to implement stuff like that for themselfes. It may be different
depending on the specific matter. People have been cross posting or
sending links to mails in mailing list archives pretty much since
mailing lists exist. I'm sure it'll all work out just fine.


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