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QA, a “popular” task? Really?

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I’ve been accused by some people of being more interested in creating “followers” than in the wellness of Gentoo. This really did make me unhappy; not only it’s definitely not the case, but that hits my very nerves.

Given that my main concern is with quality, I’d say that this is the exact opposite of what they are accusing me to do: QA is one of the most unpopular tasks, and it wouldn’t be effective if it was popular. This does not mean that QA people have to be assholes: while I’m pretty sure I don’t have the most likeable attitude on a technical basis, I’m also always careful to criticise the technical level and not get on the personal level. But it is true that QA needs to take harsh decisions sometimes, be it to remove software that might be bad for the distribution quality, or to remove developers who are harming the project.

Back on topic. As I said, I think the QA team should be the one deciding whether a developer is a technical liability to the project.




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