[Ironruby-core] Public versus private discussion and community momentum
Charles Oliver Nutter
charles.nutter at sun.com
Mon Oct 1 16:51:48 EDT 2007
M. David Peterson wrote:
> On Mon, 01 Oct 2007 14:32:27 -0600, Curt Hagenlocher
> <curt at hagenlocher.org> wrote:
>>> I know there's always thoughts about secrecy and springing the next big
>>> software surprise on the world when working at Microsoft, but secrecy is
>>> poison to an OSS community.
>> does not speak well for his intentions. But if you remove this one
>> sentence, his concerns seem pretty reasonable.
> Agreed. In fact it was that exact phrase that caused me to look at the
> entire message with shades of doubt. Maybe his intentions were legit.
> But with that paragraph in place I have my doubts.
I don't fault Microsoft in any way for wanting to have some surprises;
that specifically is not any reason for concern. Hell, I have a few
surprises I like to/plan to spring and we're a completely open project.
But the tendency to keep things behind closed doors is antithetical to
the goals of an open project and community. And closed, private
conversations *are* poison to a community that wants to feel included
If that's not happening, that's great, honestly. I just want to bring it
up as a possible concern. I wouldn't be on this list if I weren't
interested in seeing how the IronRuby dev/design process is going.
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