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Re: [RFC/PATCH] point pull requesters to Git Git Gadget




On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 11:08:00PM +0000, Roberto Tyley wrote:

> On Tue, 12 Mar 2019 at 21:34, Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> ...
> > We could continue to mention _both_ tools, but it's probably better to
> > pick one in order to avoid overwhelming the user with choice. After all,
> > one of the purposes here is to reduce friction for first-time or
> > infrequent contributors. And there are a few reasons to prefer GGG:
> 
> That's fair enough - I haven't committed to submitGit for 2 years
> (it's continued to work without incident for most of that time I
> think!).

Yeah, it has been working fine as far as I know. I was a little curious
about how often (and about my impression that GGG was replacing it), so
I did some quick mining of the list archive. Here are numbers of
messages each month (from the last ~100k messages) mentioning Amazon SES
(presumably submitGit) or GitGitGadget in the message-id. I omitted
months with no entries for either, so there are some gaps:

  ses ggg year-mo
  --- --- -------
    7   0 2015-07
    2   0 2015-08
    3   0 2015-09
    1   0 2015-11
    2   0 2016-01
    3   0 2016-02
   34   0 2016-03
   27   0 2016-04
    2   0 2016-05
    6   0 2016-06
   26   0 2016-07
   54   0 2016-08
    3   0 2016-09
   29   0 2016-10
    3   0 2016-12
    4   0 2017-01
    7   0 2017-03
    5   0 2017-04
    3   0 2017-05
   23   0 2017-06
    9   0 2017-07
   14   0 2017-09
    6   0 2017-10
    8   0 2017-11
    8   0 2017-12
   38   0 2018-01
   86   0 2018-02
   49   0 2018-03
    9   0 2018-04
    1   0 2018-05
    3   4 2018-06
    0  86 2018-07
   13 105 2018-08
    0  65 2018-09
   14 149 2018-10
    7 131 2018-11
    1  46 2018-12
   14  96 2019-01
   16 149 2019-02
    0  44 2019-03

That measures pure patches, so they tend to cluster as there are often
several patches in a series. Poking manually at the ses hits, submitGit
seems to have been often used by GSoC and Outreachy applicants and
interns.

I don't know if any of this really supports or refutes my earlier commit
message, but I just thought it was kind of neat to see the numbers, so I
thought I'd share.

> >   2. Subjectively, GGG seems to be more commonly used on the list these
> >      days, especially by list regulars.
> 
> That's probably true too, though my interest with submitGit was more
> driven by helping early/first-time contributors than regulars. Though
> I'm sure GGG works well, in an ideal world it would be interesting to
> get a perspective from a cohort of those kind of users about what kind
> of flow works best for them - although, as I haven't been following
> development, maybe this has already been done?

I think the flow is quite similar, and GGG is definitely geared at
helping infrequent contributors, too. Dscho might have more thoughts on
this.

The biggest friction is marking a user as allowed to send. I think in
submitGit you have to "OK" the submitGit app sending on your behalf.  In
GGG, somebody who already has been OK'd has to OK you with a comment in
the PR (after which you're approved for future PRs, too). It's possible
the approval could slow things down, but I think as long as users of the
tool are fairly prompt about approving non-spam PRs, it wouldn't be a
big deal.

> > I feel a little bad sending this, because I really value the work that
> > Roberto has done on submitGit. So just dropping it feels a bit
> > dismissive.
> 
> Oh, you're very kind, that's ok! Very glad submitGit could help for a
> while, sounds like it was a good proof that GitHub could become part
> of the contribution process.

Yes, I think it definitely was.

-Peff