bug handling policy / interaction with users
glaurent at telegraph-road.org
Sun Mar 16 01:29:17 GMT 2003
On Sunday 16 March 2003 02:03, Roberto H. Alsina wrote:
> I am not talking about this specific instance. I was replying to what
> you wrote in general. Developers may be responsible, maybe even
> responsible to users, but they are not accountable to them, and they
> simply can not be ordered, or, as you said the will "go work in
> the Hurd".
Indeed they can't. But I have to confess that, although long ago I used to
think this was an advantage over the industry, now I'm not so sure anymore
:-). But that's how things are and we have to make with anyway.
> Each person has different thresholds on how
> much they want to communicate with users, or in what ways they can
> bear such communication.
Agreed. But then if your threshold is really that low, working for KDE
confines to masochim.
> You said something like "or else go work in the Hurd". I think any
> developer who helps KDE is valuable.
Define "help". If you merely mean "write code", then I disagree. Not all code
contribution is valuable.
> If they prefer to work in a
> mad-scientist locked-in-the-attic fashion, maybe KDE as a project should
> take steps to allow them to contribute in a way they feel comfortable.
I agree, but this has its limits as well. KDE can't bend over backwards for
users, neither can it for developers.
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