This is an answer to Jimmy Berry's blog post (disclaimer: we both are employed by NowPublic but neither his nor mine has anything to do with the company). I just reiterate my idea -- can't remember where I posted it if I did or whether it was just a chat with Dries. Many a people suggested handing out commit access to people in MAINTAINERS.txt and I agree with that but with a twist: subsystem maintainers can not commit patches written by subsystem maintainers! So if pwolanin and I get commit access to the menu subsystem then I can't commit Peter's or mine patches. Only branch maintainers can do that. Who wins? Ordinary core developers win because their patches get in much faster because there are a small army of committers and the workload spreads. The subsystem maintainers win because the branch maintainers can deal with their patches much quicker because they only need to deal with those, much fewer patches. The branch maintainers need to deal with less patches. The community wins because we created a huge incentive for the subsystem maintainers to nurture their own little community, people who work on their subsystem because that's the way their little realm can grow quick.
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