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Subject: Re: [boost] [Proposal] Boost Community Maintenance Team Goals and Guidelines
From: Marshall Clow (mclow.lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-12-24 09:57:01

On Dec 24, 2013, at 4:24 AM, Paul A. Bristow <pbristow_at_[hidden]> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Boost [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Marshall Clow
>> Sent: Monday, December 23, 2013 7:46 PM
>> To: boost_at_[hidden] List
>> Subject: [boost] [Proposal] Boost Community Maintenance Team Goals and Guidelines
>> Start here:
>> I have contacted the authors of the libraries listed in Beman's proposals.
>> Some have responded affirmatively; the rest have not responded.
>> So, I thought I would put down some thoughts about how the Boost Community Maintenance Team
>> (Boost.CMT) should work.
>> Goals (in priority order):
>> 1. Keep things building on all the supported compilers (and as many others as possible)
>> 2. Get the test matrix "all green" and keep it that way.
>> 3. Fix the accumulated bugs; drive the bug count to zero, and keep it there.
>> 4. Add new features.
>> How I see this working:
>> 0) We'll set up a separate Boost.CMT mailing list. (the main developer list has too much traffic
> already)
>> 1) People would pick a problem and post a note to the list that they were working on it.
>> 2) {Optional] discussion ensues about the way to solve the problem.
>> 3) A potential solution is implemented (and tested!)
>> 4) A pull request is posted to the mailing list (with tests)
>> 5) Discussion ensues. Repeat steps 3/4/5 as needed.
>> 6) The pull request is merged to 'develop'
>> 7) After test cycles, the change is merged to 'master'
>> Notes:
>> 1) All of this should happen on the Boost.CMT ML.
>> 2) Discussions _about_ the CMT should happen on the main Boost ML.
>> 3) The person who lands the patch is responsible for checking the test results and merging to
> "master"
>> (and closing out the bug report, if any).
>> 4) The goal of the CMT will be the same as the Boy Scouts - "Leave the code cleaner than when you
>> found it"
>> Comments?
> I'd like to add another goal, albeit lower priority than bugs and enhancements.
> * Improve the documentation, including worked and well-commented examples.
> A lot of the orphaned libraries are quite old and our documentation tools have improved a lot since
> then, and working examples are often missing or thin.
> I'll be willing to volunteer for this task - in as far as my ignorance permits ;-)

(and yes, I agree - improving docs belongs on the list)

— Marshall

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