If multiple engineers are working on the same problem they should set up their own topic branch (can just be in one of their personal repos) somewhere and collaborate together then submit a combined PR from that branch that contains both the fix and the test case.

Sometimes I think PRs are used as an easy way to get branches into CI, we should probably look again at how easy it is to get topic branches into CI without relying on the PR process to get jobs running.

Darran Lofthouse.

On Wed, 18 Apr 2018 at 02:12 Stuart Douglas <stuart.w.douglas@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Everyone,

Historically we have been ok with pull requests being submitted that add tests for things that are not yet complete.

In practice this has been kinda problematic for reviewers, as these pull requests can hang around for a long time, and this ends up wasting a lot of reviewer time as we have to continually check the status of the PR. You basically end up with multiple reviewers continually polling the issue to check if it is ready, instead of a single person just submitting it when it is complete.

I think that there is no real benefit to having the tests as a seperate PR that gets opened before the fix. Instead I propose that tests that do not pass yet are linked/co-ordinated under the relevant JIRA, and when the fix is submitted the tests can be submitted as part of the same PR.

Does anyone have any objections to this?

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