Git Scratch-Pads for every account (not only developers)

Milian Wolff mail at
Sat Jan 1 22:37:41 GMT 2011

Eike Hein, 01.01.2011:
> On 1/1/2011 10:28 PM, Milian Wolff wrote:
> > Is this how it should be? How was this in SVN times? Did people also
> > start new work somewhere else and waited for the time it was
> > kde-review-able to merge it into KDE?
> The policy to get a KDE developer account (-> write access to all
> of SVN, and now also git) hasn't changed in a very long time. You
> are required to state a  convincing reason for why you want the
> account and can optionally name an existing dev account as a
> supporter, who is then automatically asked by mail to verify his support.
> When it comes to determining whether the stated reason is convin-
> cing a huge factor is citing any prior successful contributions.
> The point is that KDE is team work, so we look for evidence that
> the holder of the new dev account has already gathered some ex-
> perience working with others in KDE and so has gotten an idea of
> the social etiquette and processes involved (having a supporter
> goes a long away towards proving this and thus the quality of the
> written reason becomes less important at that point).
> That's in their interest as much as the project's as it either
> avoids someone unknown suddenly committing to your codebase, or
> if someone is committing to your codebase who is indeed unknown
> to you you can at least expect that he has a certain level of
> familiarity with how things work in KDE.
> It's also a mechanism to ensure that stuff served up under a
> * domain name isn't random crap (this issue is relevant
> to your proposal, btw; if you want to see anything like it done,
> please come up with a solid plan in this area that can be im-
> plemented with the available manpower).
> Sometimes dev accounts are also granted for the purpose of comit-
> ting entirely new works to playground even without naming a
> supporter, but only when the written reason is really solid and
> indicates someone who knows what he's doing and appears respon-
> sible.
> Notably that's a much lower barrier to entry than in probably
> most other FOSS projects (which I think is a good thing, btw).

Sorry but how is this related to my proposal? I didn't ask for "give developer 
access to anyone", but only for *scratchpad* repos for everyone. There is a 
huge difference here, don't you see that?

I think you should reread my mail ;-)


Milian Wolff
mail at
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