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    Finally, like Jeff Geerling spoke out, ‘No’ should be default response for pull requests.

    There’s a (quite radical) alternative approach to this, Pieter Hintjens called it Optimistic Merging. Outlined here: http://hintjens.com/blog:106

    The Optimistic Merging goal is to maximise contributor engagement. The concept gels a bit with the philosophy of “Maximise Drive-By Contributors”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3ie1duhpCg

    (I’m not trying to start a flame war here. Optimistic Merging is not a philosophy I have ever tried out. In fact it makes me quite uncomfortable to think about embracing it wholesale. However I think it’s very interesting to consider the trade-offs between the two approaches, especially in different sized projects.)