The Get Involved
page says that all patches should be submitted using Git diffs. I understand that using diffs reduce the workload for reviewing the patches. However, it increases the barrier for a large part of the community to provide a patch in the first place. I think there are many people out there that would like to provide a patch, but choose not to do so since they don't have any expercience using Git and don't want to go through the hassle of installing it, understanding it and then finally
being able to submit a patch.
Should it be an idea to create a "diff creator" tool, for people that are experienced with phpBB but not with Git? They could submit a MODX file, which is installed on the latest repo of phpBB and next a diff is automatically created. The user can check it again (thus maybe learning a bit more) and submit it as usual.
Another idea can be that this work is done by one of the team members (nice work for a junior dev?), but this indeed increases the workload.
The gain in this system I think is that the development of phpBB is sped up since a lot more people will become able to submit patches. That will also decrease the overall work load for the development team, I recon.
What do the devs think about this?
Above message may contain errors in grammar, spelling or wrongly chosen words. This is because English isn't my mother tongue. My apologies in advance.