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Re: learning curve

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: learning curve
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2009 22:04:22 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.19 (2009-01-05)


On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 08:16:32PM +0100, Michael Banck wrote:

> I said it before, and I'll say it again now: the Hurd does not need
> more users, it does not even need a lot more developers, it just need
> a few *really smart* developers.

Perhaps you should attend a presentation on community management. I have
attended a few.

In *every* community project, you get a similar distribution of people:
about 90% who mostly just lurk; 10% that contribute in some ways; and
among these, just a handful of core developers. Part of community
management is encouraging people to move from the 90% to the 10%, and
from the 10% to the handful -- but an equally important part is to
increase the pool in the first place. You can't get and keep core
developers, without making the project more interesting and welcoming in

I agree that the learning curve discussion is not likely to help with
this. (Unless perhaps if it's applied to something actually concerning
the Hurd.) OTOH, I don't understand why you are so upset about it? It's
not the kind of discussion likely to distract core developers from
useful work...

(BTW, I don't actually agree on the "really smart developers only" part
either. Unless you are among those who believe that any work on the
existing implementation is pointless, and only working on a new
microkernel would provide any benefit...)

> [...] or the merits of light or dark backgrounds in CSS.

We didn't really discuss the merits of light and dark backgrounds. We
were discussing whether setting a text color always demands setting a
background color. This is not relevant to the Hurd itself, but certainly
relevant to the Hurd website. If you don't like the idea of having a
single list for the website and for Hurd development, why didn't you
voice your objections when it was proposed?...


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