Firstly, I expect everyone here desires that Subversion continue to
progress, gaining in capability and reducing its weaknesses.
Though there are, undoubtedly many other motivations for contributor
effort, the two most likely in this largely unpaid and unrewarded
group are Personal Interest and Personal Need.
Those contributors requiring a feature will be working on it. Those
with the time, knowledge and interest are volunteering effort to
manage and progress the project.
I have nothing to say but thank you for the efforts of these people.
It is clear to me that, due to limited time and resources, the
contributors are very focused on a small number of specific (and
occasionally significantly complex) issues.
What is also quite clear is that many list members (myself included)
have a list of issues that unfortunately do not make the shortlist
when contributors begin new work.
Will I complain about this. No, I have no right to do so, having not
contributed any of my own time and effort.
Do I want to make the issues I find important more visible.
Absolutely yes. How else can the importance of the outstanding issues
be effectively compared.
To improve this situation.
- Users need to stop complaints about as yet unfinished issues or
worse, suggesting that contributors are spending time on issues they
- Project Admins need to provide a means for Users to express their
most important issues in a visible manner.
Perhaps support for a message to the list admin stating a project name
and up to five issue numbers (and a similar message to list them). A
site graph could then easily provide visibility of this and prove once
and for all that the contributors are aware of which issues people
want (and possibly help encourage new contributors). Clearly the
issue tracker already highlights which are getting some attention
(though a summary of that might be nice too). Storing the list
information with these stats would enable culling of the stats when
users leave and possibly identify abuse.
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Received on Fri Apr 13 03:56:40 2007