[llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] RFC: Code Review Process

Renato Golin via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Oct 7 15:02:40 PDT 2021

On Thu, 7 Oct 2021 at 22:31, David Blaikie <dblaikie at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is how we've always done it so far and it has been working well. At
>> least most people I know think that this is better than most other
>> alternatives, including ad-hoc decision making plans.
> I'm not sure I'd say it's been working well - it took a lot of time, a lot
> of volunteers and dragging some folks along in the end anyway. I think
> there's a lot of merit in having a more structured (honestly: faster)
> decision making process. We often end up in choice/analysis paralysis -
> where it's easier to object than to address objections, which is tiring for
> those trying to make change & slows down things quite a bit.

Right, "working well" can mean multiple things... :)

Most people I spoke about this over the years think that it's still better
than other models, like "benevolent" dictator, "meritocratic" authority,
diverse types of voting systems, elected "officials", etc.

There are plenty of big projects that follow those models and ours seems to
be the most inclusive and open to diversity, but not the most efficient. I
think that side of our community still attracts a lot of people from all
over the world and is an identifying trait.

Personally, I prefer to be in the diverse end of the spectrum than on the
efficient end, mostly because the efficient ones tend to be autocratic in

But this is mostly on the technical but not code decisions. Code decisions
I think we can be pretty efficient.

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