On May 8, 2007, at 9:50 AM, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
On Mon, May 07, 2007 at 07:36:55AM -0500, Jim Nasby wrote:
Instead, if all feature requests are tracked then users can vote on
what's most important to them.

I am sympathetic to the issues you and Andrew are describing (I
understand Bruce's stream analogy, but I think Andrew is right that
from the user's point of view, it's not usable).  But I am not
convinced that users voting on desired features will get us the
users' desired features.  The features we get are mostly the features
that have attracted developers.  The method by which that attraction
happens is interesting, but I don't think it's democratic.

It may... it may not. If a high-demand feature sits around long enough it could well attract someone capable of working on it, but who isn't a current contributor. Or it could attract a bounty.

I'm also not sure if PostgreSQL is quite the same as other OSS projects. My impression is that we have quite a few developers who no longer do much if any database development (ie: they're not serious users); they continue to contribute because of other reasons. I suspect developers like that are not unlikely to scratch an itch that isn't their own.
Jim Nasby                                            [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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