Change Request Acceptance Ratio
Question: What is the ratio of change requests accepted to change requests closed without being merged?
Each change request can be in one of three states: open, merged (accepted), and closed without merge (declined). This metric measures the ratio of change requests merged (accepted) vs change requests closed without being merged.
The ratio of change requests merged to change requests closed without merging provides insight into several repository characteristics, including openness to outside contributions, growth of the contributor community, the efficiency of code review processes, and, when measured over time, the trajectory of a project in its evolution. Different ratios should be interpreted in the context of each repository or project.
- Time Period Granularity (Weekly, Monthly, Annually).
- Change in ratio over the period of time.
- Show contributor count
- Origin of change request: branch or fork? Change requests from repository forks are more commonly from outside contributors, while branch originating change requests come from people with repository commit rights.
- Total change requests merged (accepted)
- Total change requests closed without merge
- Total change requests in an open state
CHAOSS tools provide a number of visualizations for this metric. The first visualization shows the accepted and declined change requests organized annually, from which ratios can be derived.
Tools Providing the Metric
Data Collection Strategies
Augur Zephyr report on pull requests: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11b48Zm5Fwsmd1OIHg4bse5ibaVJUWkUIZbVqxTZeStg/edit#slide=id.g7ec7768776_1_56