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Subject: [boost] There's a serious problem with the Boost Community :(
From: Jon Biggar (jon_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-07-31 01:47:03

Even though this is a complaint, let me start off by stating that I'm a
happy user of Boost libraries for over six years, and don't intend to stop.

That said, here's the problem: simple patches submitted languish without
  action or response for far too long. I submitted a patch for bjam
with ticket #2552 back in November, including test cases to verify that
it operates correctly. But despite requesting over several release
cycles since then, no action has been taken and I haven't even gotten a

It's a pain in the butt to have to keep reintegrating the same patch,
release after release so I can keep working on code that I hope to one
day submit to for inclusion in a Boost release.

The Boost Community *really* needs a mechanism to ensure that patches
submitted are acknowledged, vetted, and if found worthy, integrated into
a release in a timely manner. Not doing so discourages contribution.

Let me suggest that the Community set up something like the review
queue, where a few volunteers could regularly select the next patch,
request comments from the community and then champion getting the patch
integrated into the next Boost release. I understand that library
owners have a stake in the design vision and integrity of their
library's code, so the community will have to figure out a policy where
patches with minimal impact on a library's integrity can be quickly
integrated without requiring a lot of the primary library owner's or
maintainer's time, but will still get integrated or rejected in a timely

Jon Biggar

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