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From: Jake Voytko (jakevoytko_at_[hidden])
Date: 2007-06-06 20:10:08

I feel that this idea has both its upsides and downsides. My
understanding of the current situation is that there just aren't
enough volunteers to begin with, and I don't think that there's any
data saying that removing the administrative side of things will make
more people volunteer in the long run. However, were there to be
plenty of volunteers, it creates a clear hierarchy of people who are
dedicated and interested to choose from for potential future review
manager spots, as well as builds interest for people who could be
future review managers


On 6/6/07, Beth Jacobson <bethj_at_[hidden]> wrote:
> Eric Niebler wrote:
> > Peter Dimov wrote:
> >> Eric Niebler wrote:
> >>> Peter Dimov wrote:
> >>>> Why do we need a review manager at all?
> >>> Primarily to avoid any questions or doubts about whether a library
> >>> should be accepted or not. The review manager supposedly takes
> >>> everybody's feedback into account, but makes the ultimate yes/no
> >>> decision, and is even free to buck popular opinion.
> >> Do so many of our reviews end in such a non-conclusive manner as to require
> >> a decision from a review manager?
> >
> > It's irrelevant that it doesn't happen often. If it happens EVER and we
> > don't have one person designated to break the tie, there's the potential
> > for a nasty situation. And that one person has to be qualified for
> > his/her opinion to carry weight.
> My (perhaps naive) impression is that while reviews need an expert
> manager, much of the day-to-day work of managing a review (coordinating
> with the review wizard and library author, posting announcements,
> soliciting reviews, etc) doesn't require a great deal of expertise.
> Perhaps in addition to a review manager, there could be a review
> administrator, who would handle such tasks. The review manager would
> still need to read the submitted reviews and follow discussions about
> the library, but his/her actual work would be limited to giving advice
> and expert opinions to the review administrator as needed, working with
> the administrator on the results/TODO list, and acting as the final
> authority in contentious cases.
> Lightening the manager's workload might increase the pool of available
> experts, while the administrator position would be a good way for
> aspiring review managers to gain experience and prove their ability
> handle such a job.
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