Board efforts: scope, concept, and permission?

Mike McGrath mmcgrath at
Tue Feb 2 16:45:44 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2 Feb 2010, Adam Miller wrote:

> Hello all,
>     I wanted to bring a few things up and I wanted to bring them up on
> devel at lists.fp.o because this is where most people spend their time.
>     First off: "Does letting thousands of contributors do what they
> want have a negative impact on our OS? (Mike)"[0]
> - I would prefer that this be rephrased to a quote I read that
> originated from John Rose (inode0) "isn't it amazing how thousands of
> contributors doing whatever they want created such a spectacular OS?"
> and I would prefer a focus be turned towards something like "Why was
> that the result of doing something that is essentially chaotic?" ....
> I guess my main question is: "Why are we fixing something that isn't
> broken?"

citation needed.  I've worked hard on this question to find data and so
far I've not been able to find any.  I'm not about to answer this question
with an opinion and I'd expect the same from everyone else.  I'm sure the
question makes contributors feel uneasy, after all it's putting our work
into question.  But if people are unwilling to ask it then there's no
limit to what we can't accomplish.

And to answer your question about what "isnt' broken".  I suggest you look
at our page.  We've only seen
growth in 2 of our last 6 releases.  Think about that.


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