[Box Backup] Proposal: Merge pull requests automatically

Brendon Baumgartner brendon at netcal.com
Mon Aug 31 22:47:02 BST 2015

I think it's a good idea. It seems there aren't enough resources to not auto-accept. Development in this project has been very slow so if it promotes growth, I think it's work the risk. Also, if it becomes a problem, it can be disabled.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boxbackup [mailto:boxbackup-bounces at boxbackup.org] On Behalf Of
> Chris Wilson
> Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 14:14
> To: Box Backup <boxbackup at boxbackup.org>
> Subject: [Box Backup] Proposal: Merge pull requests automatically
> On Mon, 31 Aug 2015, Chris Wilson wrote:
> > We are going ahead with the migration to Git now. The official
> > repository is <https://github.com/boxbackup/boxbackup> effective
> > immediately.
> And just hours later, we have our first pull request! Thank you Moritz
> Strube :)
> At EuroSciPy on Friday, Peter Hintjens (of ZeroMQ) gave a very inspiring
> talk about how important the community is for Open Source projects, and
> what we can do to help foster a healthy and growing community. He has
> written about this in chapter 6 of the ZeroMQ book
> <http://zguide.zeromq.org/page:chapter6>.
> He has several inspiring suggestions for how to achieve this, and one of
> them was to merge pull requests automatically if the tests pass. This
> solves the very real problem of good contributions languishing in
> pull requests and unmerged side branches, awaiting review that never
> happens, which is a waste and discourages contributors.
> Even if we do this, there is plenty of time to review contributors' work
> after it is merged (all the time in the world), and now we can easily
> revert any change that causes problems. Because the history is public,
> and
> automatically merging their work demonstrates our trust in them,
> contributors will tend to set themselves high quality standards.
> I think we are nearly in a position to do this, with tests being run
> automatically on Travis and James' build bots. I'm working on some code
> to
> check that status and automatically close pull requests, or at least
> comment on them, if everything is OK. So what do you think, is it a good
> idea?
> Thanks, Chris.
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