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Merge Request Buddies

Merge Request buddies are available to help other team members who need help with merge requests that will update the GitLab handbook or website. Whether you are learning how to use the GitLab Web IDE, make updates to the handbook and website locally, or need answers to other Git and GitLab questions, Merge Request buddies are here to help.

For more serious problems, especially ones that are time sensitive or prohibiting access to important information, there is an escalation process to reach out to team members who are on-call to help resolve the problem.

Note: This role should not be confused with Merge Request Coach. The main goal of a Merge Request Coach is to help merge requests from the community get merged into GitLab.

Find a Merge Request Buddy

Visit the GitLab Team page and search for 'Merge Request Buddy', or ask on Slack in #mr-buddies.

Become a Merge Request Buddy

If you're comfortable using Git and GitLab and want to help team members troubleshoot problems and accelerate their learning, please follow these steps to indicate your availability as a Merge Request Buddy:

  1. Find your entry in the team.yml file.
  2. Add Merge Request Buddy to the departments section in your entry (keeping your existing departments):

      - ...
      - Merge Request Buddy
  3. Add the following code above the story section in your entry:

    expertise:  |
       <li><a href="/handbook/people-group/general-onboarding/mr-buddies/">Merge Request Buddy</a></li>
  4. If you already have an expertise section, add the list item portion of the above code:

    <li><a href="/handbook/people-group/general-onboarding/mr-buddies/">Merge Request Buddy</a></li>
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