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From Hyukjin Kwon <>
Subject Re: Closing stale PRs with a GitHub Action
Date Sat, 07 Dec 2019 02:23:55 GMT
lol how did you know I'm going to read this email Sean?

When I manually identified the stale PRs, I used this conditions below:

1. Author's inactivity over a year. If the PRs were simply waiting for a
review, I excluded it from stale PR list.
2. Ping one time and see if there are any updates within 3 days.
3. If it meets both conditions above, they were considered as stale PRs.

Yeah, I agree with it. But I think the conditions of stale PRs matter.
What kind of conditions and actions the Github Actions support, and which
of them do you plan to add?

I didn't like to close and automate the stale PRs but I think it's time to
consider. But I think the conditions have to be pretty reasonable
so that we give a proper reason to the author and/or don't happen to close
some good and worthy PRs.

2019년 12월 7일 (토) 오전 3:23, Sean Owen <>님이 작성:

> We used to not be able to close PRs directly, but now we can, so I assume
> this is as fine a way of doing so, if we want to. I don't think there's a
> policy against it or anything.
> Hyukjin how have you managed this one in the past?
> I don't mind it being automated if the idle time is long and it posts some
> friendly message about reopening if there is a material change in the
> proposed PR, the problem, or interest in merging it.
> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 11:20 AM Nicholas Chammas <
>> wrote:
>> That's true, we do use Actions today. I wonder if Apache Infra allows
>> Actions to close PRs vs. just updating commit statuses. I only ask because
>> I remember permissions were an issue in the past when discussing tooling
>> like this.
>> In any case, I'd be happy to submit a PR adding this in if there are no
>> concerns. We can hash out the details on the PR.
>> On Fri, Dec 6, 2019 at 11:08 AM Sean Owen <> wrote:
>>> I think we can add Actions, right? they're used for the newer tests in
>>> Github?
>>> I'm OK closing PRs inactive for a 'long time', where that's maybe 6-12
>>> months or something. It's standard practice and doesn't mean it can't be
>>> reopened.
>>> Often the related JIRA should be closed as well but we have done that
>>> separately with bulk-close in the past.
>>> On Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 3:24 PM Nicholas Chammas <
>>>> wrote:
>>>> It’s that topic again. 😄
>>>> We have almost 500 open PRs. A good chunk of them are more than a year
>>>> old. The oldest open PR dates to summer 2015.
>>>> GitHub has an Action for closing stale PRs.
>>>> What do folks think about deploying it? Does Apache Infra give us the
>>>> ability to even deploy a tool like this?
>>>> Nick

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