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ROS Quality Assurance Working Group – May 2018 Meetings Minutes


  1. The implementation work of “Make ROS packages quality visible” has started. It will occur outside the group meetings and we will provide updates on the progress at each meeting and in the quality discourse. We have 2 volunteers so far for this work. Anyone who want to help, please let me know?

  2. “Appoint ownership” initiative has been discussed.
    1. It has been agreed that people who do the implementation are by default the owners of the initiative.
    2. “Ownership” is ensuring the continuity of the initiative.
    3. ROSIN FTPs were suggested as an option to finance part of the “ownership”.

  3. “Energize the code review process” initiative has been discussed.
    1. This initiative is to “energize” the current code review process. The intent is to review the current process, make it more efficient and promote it.
    2. The current challenges with the current process were discussed:
    3. For core packages, it’s a resourcing issue. Not enough volunteers available to review the code.
    Same issue for high level packages. Very small portion of the community shows interest in the review. It’s usually just the maintainer who does the work.
    4. Two options have been discussed: (1) a dedicated Wiki page or portal for code review with a reward system for the reviewers (similar to the Karma system), (2) Each time someone submit a pull request, he/she is asked to review another pull request.
    5. The process also need to be more efficient
    6. Most participants think that a reward system linked to the review effort is a good idea.

Thanks for the minutes @Alami.

I don’t believe option 2 was this strict: the suggestion was to ask PR submitters to also review one, but not to make it a requirement.

That would probably be too strong of a condition and deter people from contributing.