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From Matt Foley <>
Subject Re: [Request for Consensus Approval] dev branch for Stellar additional work
Date Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:32:01 GMT
Jon, good point.  I was thinking we would just use the commit message to share attribution.

It would be nicer to do something that would be picked up by github’s commit attribution,
but unfortunately there is only one “author” field in a git commit metadata.  There are
discussions online about allowing multiple instances of that field, and the maintainers don’t
seem willing to do so currently.  There seems to be considerable support in the community
for putting a LIST of authors in that single field; see:
and perhaps even this tool:
but it isn’t clear that github can correctly extract the email addresses in that case. 
Github uses the metadata emails to attribute authorship, see

I’d be willing to experiment a little to see if github can pick up multiple emails, but
I wouldn’t bet on it.

Another way to do it would be with trivial commits following the real commit, one per additional
author besides the committer.  This method would count commits correctly, but not LOC.

On 7/5/17, 6:22 AM, "" <> wrote:

    That all sounds pretty reasonable to me.  My biggest concern would be
    attribution during step 5 - we would need to make sure it isn't squash
    merged like we typically do (assuming we do properly squash merge into
    the speculative
    branch).  Not a big issue though, I guess, just need to make sure it isn't
    On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 4:40 AM Matt Foley <> wrote:
    > Now that METRON-877 is in, I would like to proceed with Steps 3-6 of the
    > remaining work to separate out Stellar functionality as an independent
    > module.  A couple people have suggested that this further development
    > should be done in a Metron “dev branch”, where:
    > a) changes are more visible than in a single person’s private development
    > branch, and
    > b) work can proceed for several days or a couple weeks on a branch that
    > the collaborators may choose to keep stable for the duration (ie, without
    > constantly updating to master).
    > This concept was discussed as a “speculative branch” in this email thread:
    > but I don’t see that we ever actually changed our bylaws to mention it.
    > Nevertheless, it falls within the purview of the PMC to create new
    > branches in our code tree, and I request PMC members to give me a lazy
    > consensus vote to do so.  Please +1 this email if you agree.
    > The proposed rules of engagement are (drawn from issues raised in that
    > email thread):
    > 1. Commits to this branch to have the same rules as to master:  Jira, PR,
    > and at least one +1 from a knowledgeable reviewer, and no -1’s.
    > 2. +1 reviews may come from any participating contributor, not only
    > current committers.  But commits still have to be made by a committer, so
    > we don’t have to create new auth infra for this branch.
    > 3. The branch should be updated from master at least every second week, or
    > more frequently.  This may be adjusted to avoid disruption of work in
    > progress.
    > 4. PR’s to master will be posted for review as soon as self-consistent
    > chunks of useful functionality are done.  The collaborators will define
    > those chunks, but a rough goal is every two weeks.  The goal is to avoid
    > mega-patches to review.
    > 5. PR’s to master will be posted by a single developer from their home
    > github repo, not directly from the speculative branch, so that
    > collaborative work can proceed on the speculative branch.
    > 6. The PR’s will be credited equally to all collaborators active during
    > that “chunk” of work.
    > 7. PR’s to master have to be reviewed and agreed to as though they were
    > new patches. (The fact they were previously accepted into the speculative
    > branch is at most a recommendation, not an a priori decision to let them
    > into master.) The usual rules apply.  While collaborators will likely want
    > to +1 such PRs, sufficient time must be provided for other community
    > members to review and raise issues.
    > Thanks,
    > --Matt
    > --

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