Rant: So you want help?

Alexander Neundorf neundorf at kde.org
Sun Nov 14 17:16:46 CET 2010

On Monday 08 November 2010, Thomas Friedrichsmeier wrote:
> On Friday 05 November 2010, Ralf Habacker wrote:
> >   Am 5.11.2010 16:27, schrieb Thomas Friedrichsmeier:
> > >> The compiler discussion is old already, and it won't be solved any
> > >> time soon. So let's try to focus on the other problems first.
> > >
> > > Yeah, I know, I'm late to the party. But BTW, if I'm not mistaken this
> > > is another example of a discussion that should have been had on the
> > > list, instead of behind the scenes.
> >
> > strong words  -
> > http://dot.kde.org/2007/09/18/windows-developers-meet-berlin was the
> > place where this has been discussed - i did not see you there.
> 2) The "place" of discussion. Perhaps *at that time* the meeting in berlin
> really was a good place to decide on this. Perhaps it really allowed all
> relevant people to be there, or at least to feel represented, there. I
> can't comment on that. But I'll use strong wording again: In general, and
> for any community project, I find it presumptious to think that a physical
> meeting is a good place to reach a final decision on a core aspect like
> this (and one that was not entirely uncontroversial, as far as I
> understand). Core strategical decisions may well be *discussed*, and
> *prepared* on a phyiscal meeting. A face-to-face meeting has obvious
> advantages for discussion. But attending a physical meeting means a large
> investment of time (and for most: money), and for hobbyists with limited
> time, and those living far away, it is quite likely to be a prohibitively
> large investment.

The KDE e.V. supports such meetings, e.g. by paying for travel and 
accomodation of the attendents. So if money is an issue for a contributor, he 
can ask the KDE e.V. to get the/some of the money back.
Of course you still have to take some days off from work.


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