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Subject[RFC PATCH 0/3] Maintainer Handbook: Subsystem Profile
At a recently concluded session at the Linux Plumbers Conference I
proposed a "Subsystem Profile" as a document that a maintainer can
provide to set contributor expectations and provide fodder for a
discussion between maintainers about the merits of different maintainer

For those that did not attend, the goal of the Subsystem Profile, and the
Maintainer Handbook more generally, is to provide a desk reference for
maintainers both new and experienced. The session introduction was:

The first rule of kernel maintenance is that there are no hard and
fast rules. That state of affairs is both a blessing and a curse. It
has served the community well to be adaptable to the different
people and different problem spaces that inhabit the kernel
community. However, that variability also leads to inconsistent
experiences for contributors, little to no guidance for new
contributors, and unnecessary stress on current maintainers. There
are quite a few of people who have been around long enough to make
enough mistakes that they have gained some hard earned proficiency.
However if the kernel community expects to keep growing it needs to
be able both scale the maintainers it has and ramp new ones without
necessarily let them make a decades worth of mistakes to learn the

To be clear, the proposed document does not impose or suggest new
rules. Instead it provides an outlet to document the unwritten rules
and policies in effect for each subsystem, and that each subsystem
might decide differently for whatever reason.


Dan Williams (3):
MAINTAINERS: Reclaim the P: tag for Subsystem Profile
MAINTAINERS, Handbook: Subsystem Profile
libnvdimm, MAINTAINERS: Subsystem Profile

Documentation/maintainer/index.rst | 1
Documentation/maintainer/subsystem-profile.rst | 145 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst | 86 ++++++++++++++
4 files changed, 249 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/maintainer/subsystem-profile.rst
create mode 100644 Documentation/nvdimm/subsystem-profile.rst

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