New Contribute page on the wiki

William Brown wbrown at
Fri Jun 19 01:38:13 UTC 2020

> On 19 Jun 2020, at 11:13, Martin Schwenke via samba-technical <samba-technical at> wrote:
> Also, although the page goes close, I feel it is missing the beauty of
> this statement:
>  Finally remember that Samba is Git patches as performance art.  Each
>  is to be carefully prepared, polished and presented with love, as a hand-
>  crafted gift to the future.  The beauty is in the stream of individual
>  gems.  It often feels overkill, but here today we see why we have the
>  emphasis, because it means that anybody - even someone outside CTDB
>  expertise, can say 'sure, that makes sense', and review it. 
> I feel that the author of this statement really captured something that
> day and it would be a shame if it were lost to only the mailing list
> archive...  ;-)

As poetic and beautiful as this statement is, the message it conveys is "Samba is hard" rather than "Anyone can be in this community". This could turn people away from wanting to start or contribute. So it's probably better to avoid things like this, as glorious and elegantly written as it is. 

I do fully endorse stickers or shirts that say "Samba: Git patches as performance art" though, that would be amazing. 


William Brown

Senior Software Engineer, 389 Directory Server

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