MR Gardening - A discussion, please leave your input!

Albert Astals Cid aacid at
Mon Mar 6 22:39:32 GMT 2023

El dilluns, 6 de març de 2023, a les 15:18:42 (CET), Carl Schwan va escriure:
> Hi,
> We should never close a MR automatically. Only a maintainer of a project
> or the author itself should close a MR. The decision if a MR should be
> closed or not is often depending on a context (e.g. a MR required another
> MR to be merged first and it is taking more time than expected, the
> author is busy with other things but will eventually come back to it, ...)
> and a script is unable to see this.
> I do not mind poking people semi-regularly (every 6 months or so), but again
> this should probably be done manually and with a small personalized message
> for example: "Hi, I really like this work, do you intent to continue
> working on it or can I take over" than a generic message that feels fake.
> I really hate communicating with robots instead of with humans and I really
> see the trends of trying to automatize all our interaction with dumb robots
> and chat bots in our society really worrying.
> If we want to automatize, we should instead try to list the stale MRs and
> maybe send the list to the mailing list once a month so that people are
> reminded about them and take a look at which one they may be able to unlock.

We already have that, they get posted to

What i forgot is what i did to be notified of it by email ^_^


> Cheers,
> Carl
> ------- Original Message -------
> Le dimanche 5 mars 2023 à 11:13 AM, AnnoyingRains <annoyingrain5 at> 
a écrit :
> > For a short amount of time now, there have been some small-scale
> > trials of replying to old MRs with a reminder, and suggesting that the
> > author closes the MR if it is either no longer needed or if it needs
> > more work and the author does not have time for it.
> > 
> > This has appeared to have a positive impact on the state of KDE
> > software from this (albeit limited) trial. Some MRs have had renewed
> > interest, others have admitted that they had forgotten that the MR
> > even existed.
> > 
> > We did consider closing MRs if there was no activity after our ping
> > message. We are no longer planning on doing this, as it is more
> > destructive than helpful. All decisions on if a MR should be closed
> > will be left with the maintainers and the person who opened the MR.
> > 
> > So, we need a proper discussion about this, should we send these
> > reminder messages at all? If so, how old should an MR be before
> > sending this reminder? Should closing the MR even be suggested in the
> > message?
> > 
> > If your specific project does not play nicely with this programme,
> > please let us know and we can add it to the list of exclusions on our
> > KDE Community page.
> > 
> > I need your input,
> > - Kye Potter, KDE Gardening

More information about the kde-devel mailing list