We all agree we want to spur more contributions.... the question is wether the benefits of rigorous use of git format-patch + git --signoff spurs more contributions or makes it harder to contribute.
I think it spurs more contributions : here is why.
(1) it helps contributors by forcing them to get attributed for their work because git puts your name and data in the commit log and also .
(2) makes it easier to validate patches. that makes it easier for contributors because there is a clear deterministic way to evaluate their patches.
To Cos' point, it does make it harder for some people ... But I think the amount of people a standard *benefits* is >> then the amount it hinders.
So how bout a comprimise - we agree that git format-patch is the *right* way to submit patches, we all agree to encourage it because of its obvious benefits - but commiters can choose to accept and review other patches if they want to... and maybe in time we can re-visit wether to strictly enforce a standard or not at a later date.
( Oh and yes – I think for the automated review, that double check of git apply followed by -p0 is just fine, as we discussed a couple days ago )