I think that the general point here is that in projects people need to be
able to ask for help, and people must be willing to offer help. Again, in
general, good management is about bringing these things together, whereas
bad management (as many of us are unfortunately all too aware) often
involves someone thinking that their job is merely to tell you what to do,
frequently not contributing to the activity in any way other than to
indicate that things must be done more quickly, as opposed to helping you
get your work done by giving you what you need.
-- Paul Boddie
When the totem law of Kbanga declares that displaying any words with two
consonant clusters is illegal on Fridays, the rest of the world doesn't
suffer. Being able to pop in a DVD and play it is something an average
person takes for granted. If oppressive laws in a single country stop a
good part of multimedia functionality, why should that functionality be
taken away from everyone else?
-- Adam Borowski
In talking with visitors to FOSDEM (that I am a co-organizer of, now) and
with customers, I has become clear to me over the years that Debian has a
reputation of being somewhat oldfashioned and stale. That if you want to
run the latest technologies, you should use something else. This reputation
may have been deserved when we were having trouble releasing sarge, over
half a decade ago, but it's entirely undeserved today, and I think it's
well past time that we do something about that.
I've seen that work, had stones thrown at me, didn't mind. I've seen
others do it, worked out nicely in the end.
However, this doesn't always work, as this is best done when the
discussion can be taken private, to discourage others from throwing yet
more fuel onto the fire.
On the other hand, I do not believe in a flame-war-free world,
either. We do need heated arguments from time to time, and I see nothing
wrong with that, as long as it remains civilised and does not resort to
name-calling and an insult duel (unless it's in monkey island style ;).
-- Gergely Nagy
On the first part of your question --- assuming bad faith --- I think
little can be done to avoid that. It's something quite personal: some
are more prone to assume bad faith while other are more prone to assume
good faith. What we need to encourage on that front is a culture that
allow to change your mind once people discover their initial assumptions
were wrong and to publicly say so. There is nothing wrong in being
wrong. And there is a lot to gain from a community where people state
publicly "sorry, I was wrong" and other people do not think bad of them
because of that.
-- Stefano Zacchiroli
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