[FFmpeg-devel] [RFC] beginner difficulty bug trac tag for new open source developers
tempn at mi.rr.com
Sun Jul 3 21:29:31 EEST 2016
about once a month (also, around OPW/GSOC time) we get people in
#ffmpeg-devel or the ml asking about contributing to ffmpeg. i think we
need to try to organize something for new contributors.
usually there is only one or two devs alive (including me) to guide
newbies. most times these want-to-be devs already have knowledge of
git, make, etc and have c or c++ programming skills.
what they ask for is an easy way to start or easy bugs to look at.
so my proposed idea is to make a tag or priority on the bug tracker for
"easy" bugs. that way new contributors can look at a list of bugs that
are easy to fix.
what i need from you, fellow reader:
1. do you think this is a good idea? or do you have other ideas to help?
maybe write a newbie developer guide for developer documentation? is
there any knowledge from the OPW/gsoc mentors that we should put in the
2. what the name of this bug tag should be? "easy bugs" ? "beginner
3. are there other oss projects out there that already help new
contributors? can we steal something from them?
i'm not sure what criteria would make for an easy bug vs a hard bug.
but i'd rather leave that open to whoever adds/reviews the bug. i think
we all agree adding a codec tag or documentation is easier than adding
3d mvc h264 support.
i'm also not suggesting tagging every bug with a difficulty rating , as
that would take a while and i'm not sure of the benefit. i just want to
have a solid number (100-300+) of bugs that are somewhat easy to
understand, implement, review and finish.
have a great summer (for those in the northern hemisphere),
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