proposed policy change, new contributors use gitlab merge requests, not direct pushes

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Jan 19 22:39:17 UTC 2016

Mark Atwood <fallenpegasus at>:
> Hi!
> I am proposing instituting a project policy change, to generally not grant
> write/push access to the main gitlab repo to any additional contributors.
> Instead, we will ask contributors to open a gitlab merge request with their
> change, and then members of the existing core team will review their merge
> request and act on it.
> If someone of amazing talent and wide ranging skill shows up, and they good
> reasons to need push access, and are generally able to make a convincing
> case for it, we can still grant it.
> I will ask everyone to regularly look at the merge request queue at
> and review and merge them
> as they come, and to give the necessary feedback, shepherding, and
> gratitude to contributors.
> I do not yet see the need to add more complexity to this workflow, and
> integrating it with the CI/CD and formalized review processes.  Nor am I
> asking any of the existing core team to change their own workflow to use
> merge requests instead of direct pushes.
> If you have objections to this proposed change, please let me know, either
> here in devel or privately.
> Thank you!
> ..m

No objection.
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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