[Rubygems-developers] Contributing to Ruby Projects

Chad Woolley thewoolleyman at gmail.com
Wed Dec 8 19:23:17 EST 2010


On Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 4:12 PM, Trans <transfire at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would like some constructive appraisal. I recently offered some
> patches to RubyGems. I feel I was making my best effort to contribute
> some functionality to the code base that would be useful to
> developers. But in this process, rather then feel a part of a
> community effort, even if only a minor part, I felt rather skewered...
>
>  https://github.com/rubygems/rubygems/pull/14
>  (above in context https://github.com/trans/rubygems/commit/b61fd7cb577a8df6be2feb1a35983e9846d31b3c)
>  https://github.com/rubygems/rubygems/pull/12
>  https://github.com/rubygems/rubygems/pull/8
>
> I'm not sure why anyone would contribute to a Ruby project if it
> transpires like this. But then maybe thats the way it is? Is this
> really what one should expect?

1. Ruby != Ryan, Eric, and Luis

2. Looks to me like they took a lot of time giving you constructive
feedback, albiet abrasive.  Take the feedback, stay calm, and keep
trying.  Or, if that isn't possible, contribute to a Ruby project
where your commits don't have to be reviewed by these people.  They
aren't always the nicest, but they have worked on RubyGems a lot so
you should take their suggestions unless you can make a REALLY good
argument otherwise.

3. Ryan and Eric often handle conflict and criticism by not responding
at all (which is funny as hell, unless it's you).  You should feel
lucky you got all this detailed feedback ;)

-- Chad


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