Calling for Issue Triagers, a new Workflow and the Carson Butler
The activity on the Symfony repository is huge: new issues and pull requests are created every day, and often these are legitimate bug reports and high quality pull requests. To continue the health and advance the quality of the project, it's critically important to confirm bugs and review pull requests as quickly as possible. If you find and report a real bug but get a slow response from the community on the issue tracker, that means that many other people may experience this same bug before it's fixed.
The only scalable solution is the community: you. More than anything, Symfony needs "triagers": the wonderful people who find an issue for a potential bug, reproduce it, then comment. Or, people who find a pull request, review (and try) the code, and comment. These people are the un-sung heroes of Symfony, like Stof, xabbuh, WouterJ, jakzal and others. But we need more. How can we empower people?
The Carson / Workflow Experiment¶
"How can I help?" That's a common question and we should always have a clear answer. So, we're introducing an experimental new workflow for the issues: one that uses labels to track issues/PR's through their life-cycle, from "Needs Review" to "Needs work" to "Reviewed". If you have some time to help, just find a Needs Review issue, review it, then change its label status
How can you change the status label? Just add a comment:
Status: Needs Work
A new bot - CarsonBot will parse the comment and update the status. The more the community reviews, the faster we can close issues and merge pull requests.
We have a big beautiful new article describing how to review and use this new system: Community Reviews.
This is just an experiment, but if it works well, we can make it better. Ultimately, we want to encourage the smart people in the community to help with the project they love and use everyday.
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