the release 0.8.1 is going to be finalized under my directorship. Under my directorship, the governance has not changed. Under my directorship, there has been no discussion about making you a project manager. Put differently, I am only asking for a textual recognition of what is actually the status quo.
What I am surprised about is that you react to something which has already been the case. I have _not_ suddenly changed anything. By contrast, there is an installer stating things that are not true; things that, if true, would signal a change in the governance; a change, of which I know nothing.
Even if I would agree to make you a project manager, there would have to be an act of making you a project manager, of which I would need to know. But I do not know of any such an act.
Maybe you can point me to an email or posting in which you are becoming a project manager? I know of no such a posting.
I do not think that the texts of Windows installers are the proper place of committing and announcing any such changes in project governance.
I can easily imagine you want to have more authorization in the project. And this will be the case no later than after 0.9.0. And probably, this will be the case much sooner, as I am planning to exit my role, after a smooth completion of some things in progress, like the release 0.8.1.
As regards the fact that there has been no final release since 2005, your hypothesis that it is because of my directorship, because of my insistence on quality, seems unwarranted to me. Nothing is easier than releasing a poor-quality release soon. This release is extraordinaly difficult. The new features like rich text editing and scripts in this release are major, with the development doing very little or no testing. When the development is doing close to no testing, the communiction costs resulting from testing are sky rocketing.
Actually, those users who are brave enough to use beta-quality releases have been served well by our beta releases. Those users who want to use a quality, polished software, would be served poorly by us having released a premature, untuned release. There would be an apperance of having a new final release, but the consequence would be of significant lowering of user expectations as regards the quality of FreeMind. In their minds, users would have to remap the term "final release" to the term "beta" when dealing with FreeMind.
I assume, or at least hope, that at least Chris understands the value of having a well-tested software. From what I have understood, the thoroughness of testing was the trait of mine for which he appreciated me. Your point of view is different. People have different views. You have several times repeated your dissatisfaction about the lack of final release. There have already been mails of yours on that topic, and I have already answered these emails. In my leisure time, I have taken the pains to test the software that you refused to test properly. You have argued that the testing was inefficient for you. So I have done the stressing work of looking around the application to see what things that already worked in 0.8.0 work no more, and looking into details of things. I find your coplaints undeserved. You have effectively outsourced the costs of testing from you to me, and when I have accepted that outsourcing, bearing the costs that I would think should be born by you, you are complaining in addition. I honestly feel disappointed.
My disappointment is the reason why I have asked you all to release me from my promise to be the director. Your appreciation of all the stressing, drudgery testing work, requiring discipline, patience, and attention to detail, is completely missing.
Hello Dan, Chris and Eric,
> PROJECT GOVERNANCE> "The current project director is Daniel Polansky, while the currentCurrent project management hierarchy where decision making is separated
> project manager is Christian Foltin".
from the development and user support has produced no new release
since 2005. I do not agree to have two bosses for a team consisting of
two developers and one packager. As a developer with substantial
contribution to the project since 2003 I feel like it is not fair.
This structure significantly reduces my motivation to spend time and
efforts to the project. Therefore I am suspending my active
participation in the project until the project organization can be changed.