Community vs developers
Posted Feb 8, 2006 22:46 UTC (Wed) by elanthis
Parent article: Looking a Novell gift horse in the mouth
The problem is that the "community" is almost entirely a bunch of whiny ungrateful clueless users who decide to mouth off on mailing lists and forums because they feel that they are somehow entitled to getting everything they want, because they're part of the "community."
The developers do the developing. Quit letting any random joe post his braindead opinion to the development lists. Quit having developers waste time debating with over-opinionated, under-clued dorks on the mailing lists. Quit letting the enthusiasm and energy get sapped out by the masses of Slashdot users who feel the need to degrade and argue over every project that they aren't a productive part of.
Dan is competely right that small groups do a lot better work when you don't have a bunch of whiny idiots trying to stop you for their inane reasons. The problem that Jeff has is largely due to the fact that the other developers are getting cut out along with the whiners.
I'd personally like to see lists in which developers can post, but others can only read. Possibly a multi-level affair, in which subscribers can choose to only receive posts from people who are at or above some member level (guest, trusted poster, developer, moderator).
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