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Re: GSoC application deadline passed

From: Michael Heath
Subject: Re: GSoC application deadline passed
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 08:38:14 -0600

Please stop.

People had their reasons or lack of motivation for contributing or
participating. A responsible person would (at least in the future)
choose the logical route of trying to change these reasons or properly
motivate people to contribute. You, apparently, chose the other option
of trying to instigate some kind of bizarre guilt trip.

People have NO obligation to contribute to this or any other open
source project. Stop being so completely rude by implying that they
are somehow horribly inferior to you because they opted to not
participate in this. Your sarcasm attempted to be a slap in the face
to everyone subscribed to this list, when many people on the list are
very far from deserving of that.

What does it show potential new developers, those newly interested,
when they subscribe to the list and see you belittling people for not
participating this, when they were only given 4 days notice?

This behavior is entirely the reason why the Hurd project is
unpopular, underdeveloped, and dieing. You belittle or ignore all
newcomers, and imply (though a nice mixture of sarcasm, rudeness, and
silence) that they are incredibly stupid people unworthy of your time
or conversation if they are unable to behave or think in exactly the
way your expected them to.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 2:03 AM,  <olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net> wrote:
> Hi,
>  A little status update: The participation deadline for organisations
>  passed yesterday.
>  It's all over now -- those who didn't contribute to the organisation
>  application and student application form drafts (which includes YOU),
>  have managed to get away.
>  Oh, and yes: Amazingly, I actually managed to hand in my^H^Hour
>  application before the deadline. What is to be done now is waiting to
>  see whether I^Hwe get accepted. Praying is an option. Bribing google
>  employees is another one.
>  I must say that I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of help I got
>  from our "community" with creating the drafts. I'm rather used to
>  getting quite little response on such things; but this exceeded all my
>  expectations. The total amount of improvements, suggestions, comments
>  contributed by others amounts to an increadibly round number -- the most
>  round number of all: Zero.
>  Nobody contributed as much as a single remark. Not one.
>  But wait, I'm too hasty with my praise! After all, there is also the
>  project ideas list (
>  http://www.bddebian.com/~wiki/community/gsoc/project_ideas/ ), which is
>  still open. Plenty of chance still for everyone to not help.
>  Though it's a sad sad business, as the previous zero score is not
>  achievable anymore -- someone already contributed a bit to the project
>  list. Guess who? Last year's SoC student. (Thanks Fredrik!)
>  Do you think I'm bitter? No, not much. Not after having had a tolerably
>  good sleep. A tolerably good sleep can make up for a considerable amount
>  of disappointment, believe me.
>  Now enough of that. Let's move on to something more satisfying. Like,
>  say, staring out of the window.
>  -antrik-

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