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Re: [PATCH] What's the quickest way to contribute?

From: Samer Masterson
Subject: Re: [PATCH] What's the quickest way to contribute?
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:04:41 -0800

On the topic of new developers, does anybody know how long the copyright assignment process is supposed to take? I signed the copyright assignment papers three weeks ago, and I have a couple patches 
sitting in debbugs that are waiting for my copyright assignment to be fully processed. And it took me a week to receive the copyright assignment form after I sent my application, which means that I've waited an entire month for my patch to be accepted into Emacs.

I know encouraging new developers has been a popular topic on the list for the past couple months. But we probably shouldn't get ahead of ourselves if it takes weeks for a new contributor to get anything merged in :)


On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:48 AM, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> wrote:
> Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 18:59:09 +0100
> From: Oleh Krehel <address@hidden>
> I like Emacs a lot and I'd like to contribute to the development.  I
> have assigned the FSF Copyright and made some small contributions in
> the past, but so far my contributions have been moving slower than
> molasses.

Thanks for your contributions, and sorry for being so slow in reacting
on them.

> A few questions/ possible answers follow on why this is:
> 1. My patches / bug reports are lame. Then I'd appreciate at least
> some feedback pointing out the faults. I learn quickly.
> 2. I'm submitting to the wrong place, e.g. to the bug tracker instead
> of the devel list or vice versa. I'd like to know the proper and
> approved way to do this.
> 3. My patches / bug reports are low priority and are not worth
> applying / responding to. Then please let me know the priority areas
> in which contributions are more actively accepted.
> 4. The devs are swamped with bug reports and I should just wait a few
> months more until my turn.

I wouldn't say "swamped", but definitely busy.  So:

5. Please ping after a week that you didn't see any replies for your
report, and keep pinging until things move.

> I could then help with the review of other people's one-liners.

Please do, and thanks in advance.

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