On Fri, Aug 04, 2006 at 08:44:24PM -0400, Gregory Stark wrote: > > > Perhaps you'd like to explain how big a burden on the developer > > > it is to send an once a week, that being what I'm proposing > > > here. > > There seems to be a lack of recognition here of how free software > development works. When people are contributing their time > scratching an itch for their own edification the LAST thing they > want is to have a manager to report to.
It it were--note the subjunctive--only for their own edification, that would be true. It's not. It's from a TODO list that a community put together, and claiming a TODO means taking an opportunity away from one or more other parties. > > > As far as the "problem in need of solving," it's what Andrew > > > Dunstan referred to as "splendid isolation," which is another > > > way of saying, "letting the thing you've taken on gather dust > > > while people think you're working on it." > > Really you guys are talking as if the developers that are working > for the most part on an entirely volunteer basis have some sort of > responsibility to you. They do not. When they've taken on a TODO, they most certainly have taken on a responsibility to the entire Postgres community. > If they don't feel like tell you where they're at then feel free to > ask for your money back. How do we get the time that somebody frittered away by grabbing a TODO when others could have worked on it? Time is a much more precious resource than money because no matter what you do, you can't get any more of it. > Now if you think you have some tool that will make it easier for > developers to do something they honestly want to do then feel free > to suggest it and make it available. Joshua Drake has made Trac available. Perhaps you weren't here for the extensive, drawn-out, rancorous discussions that surrounded a bug tracking system, but they're all over the archives. > But if you want to dictate how programmers work for the gain of > others you're going to have a hard time swimming against the > current. It's for their own gain, too. People who contribute good-sized features to PostgreSQL can generally choose their place of work and to a large degree, their salaries, so let's not get too excited about how this is only a matter of selfless generosity. Cheers, D -- David Fetter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> http://fetter.org/ phone: +1 415 235 3778 AIM: dfetter666 Skype: davidfetter Remember to vote! ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 3: Have you checked our extensive FAQ? http://www.postgresql.org/docs/faq