That pretty much hits the nail on the head, there.
On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 4:45 PM, Shane Zatezalo <shane@...> wrote:
> On Jun 11, 2009, at 8:49 AM, Alexandre Leroux wrote:
> > [...]
> > Slashcode is dead, long live Slashcode?
> I too agree, and disagree.
> The community seems to be slowly drifting away. Things like not
> accepting patches, vagaries about where things are heading, no
> official releases, no automated migratory path from 2.2.6 to the
> latest, moving from CVS at SF to git at github and then seemingly
> stopping commits to it, all are rough on an open source project. (to
> be fair, it's been many months since I did a git pull to look, but
> there seemed to be quite a draught from the faucet for quite some time).
> That said, it's open source. We all have the source. Want a feature?
> Code it up. Can't code? Learn or pay someone to do it.
> Just because a company open sources it's wares, doesn't mandate that
> it prop the community, drive it nor fund it. They've done the vast
> majority of the work just by agreeing to put it out there for all to
> use, for free, ridicule, bitch about. And most of the time when this
> happens, employees end up devoting a chunk of their personal time to
> help out the project or stick around on IRC or help handhold those w/
> lesser skills. Sometimes a ridiculous amount of personal time, emails,
> IM's and IRC chats, considering it's their *own* time.
> Also, someone pointed out one of the best things about Slashcode
> (IMHO) - the stability of it. Over the past few years there have been
> an absolute minimal number of security holes. For the most part, it's
> stable like a rock. You can get it running, and then you don't spend
> your time having to maintain it daily, you and your staff just use it.
> So I guess I've seen it both ways.
> I suppose someone could step up and fork it, put up a project and
> system for it, patch it, mod it, take requests, take submissions
> (review, tweak, test, patch), take all the existing feature requests
> on SF and implement them. Would that drive the community back to what
> it once was years ago?
> Who's got a hand waving in the air volunteering to do all that for
> I don't know of any other way to "help" the community, other then to
> devote time to it. Which at the moment, and for the foreseeable
> future, I do not have.
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