"'In the early days, the project was conceived as a way of
getting fresh blood into kernel development by giving them fairly
simple but generally useful tasks and hoping they'd move more into
the mainstream,' began James Bottomley starting a thread titled
Fixing the Kernel Janitors project. He continued, 'if we wind
forwards to 2008, there's considerable and rising friction being
generated by janitorial patches,' references a recent thread
complaining about worthless patches hitting the lkml..."