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From "Ganelin, Ilya" <>
Subject Re: Handling stale PRs
Date Mon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:59 GMT
Thank you for pointing this out, Nick. I know that for myself and my
colleague who are starting to contribute to Spark, it¹s definitely
discouraging to have fixes sitting in the pipeline. Could you recommend
any other ways that we can facilitate getting these PRs accepted? Clean,
well-tested code is an obvious one but I¹d like to know if there are some
non-obvious things we (as contributors) could do to make the committers¹
lives easier? Thanks!


On 12/8/14, 11:58 AM, "Nicholas Chammas" <>

>I recently came across this blog post, which reminded me of this thread.
>How to Discourage Open Source Contributions
>We are currently at 320+ open PRs, many of which haven't been updated in
>over a month. We have quite a few PRs that haven't been touched in 3-5
>*If you have the time and interest, please hop on over to the Spark PR
>Dashboard <>, sort the PRs by
>least-recently-updated, and update them where you can.*
>I share the blog author's opinion that letting PRs go stale discourages
>contributions, especially from first-time contributors, and especially
>so when the PR author is waiting on feedback from a committer or
>I've been thinking about simple ways to make it easier for all of us to
>chip in on controlling stale PRs in an incremental way. For starters,
>it help if an automated email went out to the dev list once a week that a)
>reported the number of stale PRs, and b) directly linked to the 5 least
>recently updated PRs?
>On Sat Aug 30 2014 at 3:41:39 AM Nicholas Chammas <
>> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 2:02 AM, Patrick Wendell <>
>> wrote:
>>> it's actually precedurally difficult for us to close pull requests
>> Just an FYI: Seems like the GitHub-sanctioned work-around to having
>> issues-only permissions is to have a second, issues-only repository
>> <>. Not a
>> very attractive work-around...
>> Nick


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