I have a question about the current policy on expediting the queue.
Several of Ptirhiik's newest mods were allowed through without "thorough testing" and just based on his reputation. While i agree with his personal reputation, as you see here at this post
that there are problems with letting mods through the DB that were not thoroughly tested.
(Yes, I have read the post here regarding Ptirhiik
My question regards the ethics of expediting the queue not Ptirhiik personally)
As well, in my newest mod
changes made by the db team to make my mod a bit more streamlined were not tested and resulted in errors for the users, as evidenced here
While I'm sure there are individual reasons for both (including my yet-to-be-submitted fix for my mod
), the few errors that have slipped through the cracks are a bit troublesome, and could be portents of future problems.
I know its a new team with new leadership after John left, and we might just be seeing this as a small aftereffect of the switcheroo. I also know how busy everyone is with lots of mods to do, and in an open-source community the only affirmation you get is "thank you's" from the mod community (thank you, btw
). But, no offense, but I'd personally rather see the mods take a bit longer and be thoroughly tested before they are added to the DB with problems still attached and could be seen as embarassments to mod authors like myself.
I guess at the end of this post, my initial question is "why are we in such a hurry to get these mods out" as it has been a given that mods take a long time to validate around here and I was quite alright with my mods taking 2-3 months to validate. I guess I just value quality over quantity, and I think others would as well, as that's what seperates PHPBB from other modification websites: superior quality from rigorous testing. 8)
Please, before a response, understand I'm not criticizing the mod team or their current policies, and I respect them greatly for the great service work they do (and no, I don't have any idea how much work it actually is
); I'm just offering up some observations from the peanut gallery about the quality-assurance particulars of this mod validation process.