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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: Shepherding November 2013
Date Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:13:42 GMT
On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 3:19 PM, Raphael Bircher <r.bircher@gmx.ch> wrote:
> Am 12.11.13 00:04, schrieb Marvin Humphrey:

>> ====================
>>
>> Podlings which did not receive shepherd reviews this cycle:
>>
>>      Aurora
>>      DeviceMap
>>      Droids
>>      Hadoop Development Tools
>>      Knox
>>      Open Climate Workbench
>>      Ripple
>>      Sentry
>>      Storm
>
> So many not reviewed? Ok, I'm willing to take two text month if needed.

Shepherd participation waxes and wanes.  We ostensibly had all podlings
covered in that every one was assigned a shepherd, but four of our shepherd
volunteers didn't come through this cycle, including three stalwarts who we
have been able to rely on most of the time.

I'm not sure how to solve this problem even if we get more volunteers and
spread the load out, because by the time we discover that a shepherd
didn't submit a review, it's too late for someone else to fill in.  The
shepherd window with the current schedule is 4 days long (Thursday through
Sunday), because we need to leave time for people to respond to the shepherd
comments before the report is filed.  Doubling up shepherds would probably
make matters worse, because each would likely let the the other assignee take
care of things.

Maybe if we were to recruit enough volunteers that each shepherd had only one
assignment per month, there would be less fatigue and we'd get higher
participation rates?

Next month's cycle will have more podlings and we probably won't be able to
cover all of them with the available roster of volunteers.  Your taking on a
second assignment is much appreciated.  But please don't burn out!  You've
done a great job both last month with Olingo and this month with NPanday.

Marvin Humphrey

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