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Thank You for Your Code Review

ninjapanzer profile image Paul Scarrone ・2 min read

In July 2018, I joined the PhalconPHP documentation team. It has been an amazing experience and I wanted to give you some of my insights from my first month as an internal contributor of a FOSS(Free Open Source Software) project. I have always contributed to FOSS from the outside but hadn't found a project that really drew me in like Phalcon and Zephir did. I have tried a lot of things to balance out my work-week burnout and keep me excited about software development. FOSS is my catharsis that reminds me why I got involved in computers in the first place.

Saying "Thank You"

I spend most of my time in the world of private (Closed Source) development we use a common term for a successful code review, "πŸ‘ LGTM". It's matter of fact and there is no confusion about its meaning, "Looks Good To Me". But in my time with a FOSS team, I see something else. "LGTM" is replaced with "Thank You". The currency in FOSS is passion instead of money. It's a small way to reward someone's passion that is so simple I don't know why we don't do it all the time. Well, I have adopted this for my daily work now its, "LGTM, Thank You".

Whats wrong with "πŸ‘ LGTM"?

Inherently nothing, but if we break it down what we are really saying is I approve but this is only my opinion and I don't posit my approval is an empirical truth of the safety of this code. There is nothing wrong with saying, "I have read this and see nothing wrong." It's a very honest statement and very defensible in the event that there is in fact something wrong with the code under review. So in that sense, it is a little meaningless. Why not just use, πŸ‘ Thank You? Simply put we approve and appreciate your work. We can take an overall meaningless sentiment and convert it to something possibly empowers other developers to build a deeper emotional bond with their work. In an industry that honors workaholics why not try to inspire passion at the office the same way, FOSS teams do at home.

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