Christopher Lozinski wrote:
I thought, hey, I bet a million people need such a simple web app. Let
us make it really easy to implement craigslist or better. Let me go
ahead and create a ZClass product, and go ahead and distribute it. Lots
of people would use it. Or at least enough to build up a critical
mass. And then as some of those people go ahead and stretch the
boundaries of the app, they will fix all of the ZClass problems we all
know about. They will fix them for their own reasons, which is of
course what drives open source.
What do you think? Is this an effective way to operate on the social
medium which is open source?
Of course you can do this, no-one will stop you, but if you listen to
the voices here who've been around for longer than you have, you may do
well to heed their advice and avoid the risk that you'll be wasting your
The single biggest flaw in people's perception of open source is
normally the assumption that users and developers will flock to anything
that's being offered up. I'm sure there are existing tools that already
do what you describe, that've been tested and thought about by lots of
people. I'm also not so sure it's going to be a "killer app" in the same
way that Plone arguably is for Zope 2, for example.
I've never used ZClasses, they were dead before I joined the world of
Zope. No-one I know uses ZClasses. Those who tell me they once did are
very happy to be using other things. :)
Perhaps you should look at some of the technologies the Zope community
has invented to supersede them? Grok may be exactly what you want; take
a look at the tutorial on http://grok.zope.org.
If you want to put your time in and help the community (great!) then
helping to advance the cause of Grok and Zope 3 will probably be a much
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