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Date:   Mon, 23 Nov 2020 17:24:51 +0100
From:   "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rafael@...nel.org>
To:     James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@...senpartnership.com>
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Subject: Re: [PATCH 000/141] Fix fall-through warnings for Clang

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 4:58 PM James Bottomley
<James.Bottomley@...senpartnership.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 2020-11-23 at 15:19 +0100, Miguel Ojeda wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 22, 2020 at 11:36 PM James Bottomley
> > <James.Bottomley@...senpartnership.com> wrote:

[cut]

> >
> > Maintainers routinely review 1-line trivial patches, not to mention
> > internal API changes, etc.
>
> We're also complaining about the inability to recruit maintainers:
>
> https://www.theregister.com/2020/06/30/hard_to_find_linux_maintainers_says_torvalds/
>
> And burn out:
>
> http://antirez.com/news/129

Right.

> The whole crux of your argument seems to be maintainers' time isn't
> important so we should accept all trivial patches ... I'm pushing back
> on that assumption in two places, firstly the valulessness of the time
> and secondly that all trivial patches are valuable.
>
> > If some company does not want to pay for that, that's fine, but they
> > don't get to be maintainers and claim `Supported`.
>
> What I'm actually trying to articulate is a way of measuring value of
> the patch vs cost ... it has nothing really to do with who foots the
> actual bill.
>
> One thesis I'm actually starting to formulate is that this continual
> devaluing of maintainers is why we have so much difficulty keeping and
> recruiting them.

Absolutely.

This is just one of the factors involved, but a significant one IMV.

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