For Good Measure

The contributor's dilemma, or the patch paradox

by Colby Russell. 2017 August 6.

You know from history that open source has always been shaped far more by the people who showed up with a working implementation compared to writing a comment that says, "I think we should do it like this". This is the "patches speak louder than words" school of thought.

At the same time, you know it's a good idea to confirm beforehand that there's an acknowledgement from upstream of the problem and an agreement about the general approach for the solution, so you don't waste your time.