It is an idea I'd considered, but experience has shown it doesn't much work. Look at our history of, say, the autocad/dxb formats, for example. People will override safety latches and still fuss when things don't work as expected, even if you tell them that they won't actually work. It results in huge support overhead.
why not simply add a --experimental option to gpsbabel that will enable formats that are not stable, and will post a disclaimer that the format is not finished and invite contributions? If it works for some its unfortunate to dump it, so it might be more interesting to remind people of its state and raise awareness for the need for contributions.
What could be interesting is to point directly to a webpage / webform * where people can upload tracks that gpsbabel can't handle, and send those to a new gpsbabel-data mailing list... maybe that way more debug cases show up for others who want to have a go at a format.
* OS, gpsbabel version, device name, device OS version, etc. and the data file
On 2012-11-27 07:56, Robert Lipe wrote:
We've apparently had about two people that have tried the lowranceusrv4
module, and both have failed. The other user actually submitted a file
for others to confirm/refute success and it totally worked for me.
I've cc'ed the author of the new Lowarnce v4 code a few times and have
never gotten a response and other users/owners of the lowrancev4
equipment haven't chimed in to either let us know if this format ever
works for anybody other than Kris Beevers, the author.
I'm seriously considering pulling that format from future versions.
Between the author's disinterest, the miniscule user base, and the
apparent failure rate, and my Windows disk failing while I was
recovering from my surgery, we're doing nobody any favors providing a
format that appears to not actually work. Despite having many millions
of users, we've not really had any traction with lowrancev4 users.
It's very rare that I consider pulling a format once we've shipped it,
but if the author can't/won't help and the other users (if there are
any) can't won't help, and I can't repro success or failure with the
equipment I have (which, at the current donation rate, does not justify
me buying a Lowrance GPS...) I think we're doing a disservice and that
doesn't make me proud.
Hate to be gloomy, but without the interest of others to chase that, I
can't/won't carry the support burden on this. I'd rather not support it
at all than continue to write "yeah, bummer, sorry this actually doesn't
work" emails for this format.