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This is a proposal for a more flexible review process. It is a set of guidelines for the most appropriate approach for different types of changes. Above all, use your judgement.
- A) Full review: Same as current process. Can be based on Rietveld, "git format-patch", or a pull request
- B) Post-review: Code gets committed to repo first, committer nags reviewer weekly if necessary
- C) Design review: Discuss with original author (and possibly others) for the principle of a change, can (and probably should) be done even before doing the work
- D) No review: self-explanatory
- 0) Full-review on anything the committer has reasons to believe would be controversial, buggy, ...
- 1) Generally no review on comments/whitespace/style/documentation
- Except potentially when changing Doxygen API comments
- 2) Post-review on code that is already badly broken, or on simple bug fixes
- 3) No review on initial commit of new stuff that isn't being called
- Full-review required to hook any code not reviewed because of point 3
- If code in point 3 breaks the build, it gets fixed immediately or removed
- No review on new tools until they get used by other people
- 4) Code that is (according to the committer) highly unlikely to break things or that is trivially testable gets post-review
- 5) Code that may have subtle implications gets full review
- 6) Refactoring of someone else's code gets design review, followed by either post-review (or full review if requested during design review)
- 7) Disruptive work (e.g. block switching) gets both design review and full review.
- 8) Most build system changes get no review (unless point 0 applies)
- 9) Post-review on test code
- 1) Once in a while, we should pick a piece of code
- 2) Original author cleans up code, adds comments
- 3) Code discussed with entire team
- 4) Suggestions for improvement (with emphasis on algo)