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Re: [Xen-devel] differing opinions between maintainers vs patch acks

On Thu, 4 May 2017, Ian Jackson wrote:
> Stepping back a bit: It is indeed important that our code is easy to
> understand and modify, expresses its intent clearly, and helps future
> programmers avoid writing bugs.  But it is also important that
> contributors feel valued, and feel a sense of ownership.
> The amount of emotional discouragement to a contributor does not scale
> linearly with the size and apparent importance of the disagreement.
> Indeed, turning a tiny issue into a blocker or a big argument can be
> especially demotivating.
> I think this case is an example of a situation where we should pay a
> small price in code readability to keep a contributor happy.  (That
> the contributor is also a maintainer doesn't seem to change this
> analysis for me.)

Ian, this is very well written, and I completely agree with you. Worthy
of a short blog post :-)

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