Ansible Community Update — February 2019

February 15, 2019 by John Barker


Ansible is a popular project by many metrics, including over 42,000 commits on GitHub. Our community contributes a lot of pull requests (PRs) every month. Unfortunately, the volume of incoming PRs means contributors often have to wait days, weeks, or months for PRs to be merged. Sometimes it takes that long for a cursory review. We want to change that, but we need your help!

The Core team and community at large are kicking off new initiatives under the contributor experience umbrella. The idea is to help address causes that slow down quality PRs from being merged into Ansible's codebase.

To help with this, we are dedicating one day a month to doing a community review. The goals we are setting for these meetings are:

  • Give potential new community members a place to learn and experiment with Ansible's review process and exchange feedback

  • Identify process and documentation improvements via feedback provided from the Ansible community

  • Give PRs needed attention; remove blockers where necessary

  • Identify PRs that could be merged or closed

We’re particularly interested in feedback from people starting their journey with open source as it helps us to improve our processes and documentation. It’s helpful to have new contributors that haven’t built up knowledge around contributing to Ansible as it’s a fresh reminder for those that have forgotten the "pain of getting started.” Optimizing the getting started experience is something that helps the community in the long run.

We hope you can join in!

The next community review session is Thursday 21st February 2019 from 1200 UTC, hope to see you there! To find out how to join and the dates of future PR review days please refer to

Learn More

Want to know more about how to contribute to Ansible? Check out our on demand webinar and slides: How to Make Your Mark: Ansible Community Contributions.


Community, Ansible


John Barker

John is a Principal Engineer in the Ansible Core Engineering team, where he focuses on helping contributors and Ansible Working Groups. He joined Red Hat in July 2016. Previous to this, he worked in QA before moving to sysadmin teams. As a sysadmin, John introduced Ansible into the organisation to standardise infrastructure across two continents and began contributing to the project. He is found on GitHub and Freenode IRC as "gundalow" where he is orchestrating the Ansible community efforts and the London Ansible Meetup. John lives in the UK and is on Twitter at @the_gundalow.

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