[gmx-developers] guinea pigs r us

Mark Abraham mark.j.abraham at gmail.com
Sat Feb 28 00:11:05 CET 2015

Hi devs,

I thought it might interest you that apparently we were among the guinea
pigs in a study of code review in open-source projects - see
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2597082. Somehow, the authors failed to
talk to us even after the study, but that doesn't seem to affect any

The conclusions are somewhat weak - the data set is small and pretty noisy
- but somewhat relevant for us is that smaller changes lead to less churn
during review. I guess that's not surprising, but it would be interesting
if there was a way to observe whether a complex change done as one big
squashed commit or a series of related commits leads to fewer changes upon
review, or somehow a better review outcome. Tricky.


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