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Date:   Wed, 1 Nov 2023 16:00:35 -0400
From:   Steven Rostedt <>
To:     Mukesh Ojha <>
Cc:     LKML <>,
        Linux Trace Kernel <>,
        Masami Hiramatsu <>,
        Mark Rutland <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] eventfs: Fix kerneldoc of eventfs_remove_rec()

On Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:57:13 +0530
Mukesh Ojha <> wrote:

> On 10/30/2023 9:45 PM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > From: "Steven Rostedt (Google)" <>
> > 
> > The eventfs_remove_rec() had some missing parameters in the kerneldoc
> > comment above it. Also, rephrase the description a bit more to have a bit
> > more correct grammar.
> > 
> > Fixes: 5790b1fb3d672 ("eventfs: Remove eventfs_file and just use eventfs_inode");
> > Reported-by: kernel test robot <>
> > Closes:
> > Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt (Google) <>  
> Reviewed-by: Mukesh Ojha <>

Hi Mukesh!

First, I want to thank you for your reviews. We certainly need more

But I need to also state that "Reviewed-by" tags should not be sent so
lightly. The only times a Reviewed-by tag should be sent is if you
participated in the discussion of the code, you have authored some of
the code that is being modified, or are marked as a reviewer of the code in

For example, you added to the discussion here:

And adding your Reviewed-by tag is appropriate.

But when a maintainer receives a Reviewed-by from someone they don't know,
without any discussion in the patch, it may make that maintainer think that
the person sending the Reviewed-by is only out to get listed in the LWN
"Reviewed-by" count.

I review other developers' code all the time, and unless the code touches
something I worked on or I'm marked as a reviewer in the MAINTAINERS file,
I do not send a Reviewed-by tag unless I added some input to the patch in

My advice to you is to keep up the reviewing, I appreciate it (I really
do!), but don't send out Reviewed-by tags unless you are marked as a
reviewer of the code, or participated in a discussion on that code.


-- Steve

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