MR Gardening - A discussion, please leave your input!

Thomas Baumgart thb at
Sat Mar 11 06:01:40 GMT 2023

On Freitag, 10. März 2023 20:55:00 CET Ben Cooksley wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 11, 2023 at 3:19 AM David Hurka <david.hurka at> wrote:
> > On Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:40:47 AM CET Méven wrote:
> > > We could use a "stale" label for MR to allow maintainers to see the
> > > script's results.
> > > And even a "closing-soon" label, for MR not-update in the last 12 months.
> >
> > Is there a rule that all open merge requests need care?
> > I would expect that it is enough to label an open merge request as “stale”.
> >
> > Merge requests are usually closed because they are bad.
> > Stale merge requests are probably good, otherwise they would have been
> > closed
> > intentionally.
> >
> I recall in the last few months someone mentioning a MR in #kde-devel that
> had been approved and just never merged, and had been sitting like that for
> months.
> All it took to get merged was a reminder by way of comment on the MR to get
> it merged as the original author of the change was no longer around.
> So yes, there is definitely value in reminders and caring for those MRs.
> I guess the difference here is between higher activity projects - whose MRs
> are likely to be more well looked after - and those with lower activity.
> Projects with lower activity tend to involve developers who look after many
> different projects, and will therefore benefit from reminders. Those with
> higher activity are much less likely to see value from it.
> Closing of MRs though is something that should only be done after review by
> the developers who run the project.

Maybe in a semi-automated way such that the developer can mark the MR in
a specific way and which closes it after a grace period when there is no
more activity.



Thomas Baumgart

A champion is defined not by their wins but by how
they can recover when they fall. (Serena Williams)
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