[Cosmo] Re: cosmo work
twl at osafoundation.org
Fri Jan 13 10:41:24 PST 2006
On Jan 12, 2006, at 7:09 PM, Brian Moseley wrote:
> On 1/12/06, Ted Leung <twl at osafoundation.org> wrote:
>> If you don't tell anybody you are out there, how can they come help
>> you. Hyping is one thing. Quietly creating records in freshmeat
>> seems pretty safe. The Serverside is a different story.
> i don't see how quietly creating records in freshmeat is going to be
> noticed by the people who might be most motivated to come help.
> i think that in order to attract the attention of people who will make
> impact, we will also have to attract the attention of people who will
> be impatient with early stage software and who will make false
> assumptions and spread fud.
I know that Freshmeat is read by a lot of people who actually do the
work on open source projects. These are the people that you want to
reach, not the Slashdot/Serverside fanboys. Perhaps we have
different ideas about which audiences will actually show up and help.
> the story will be very different after 0.4, when all major
> infrastructure is in place, and maybe even after 0.3, when most of
> caldav is ready.
If you look at a lot of the Apache projects, people do show up even
when the code is in a horrible state.
> if i have the minority opinion i'm happy to go do some PR, but i don't
> think i am.
There are other ways to get help besides doing a PR "blitz". We
wasted a good opportunity at ApacheCon because no one who actually
knew anything about the Cosmo codebase was there. Sometimes a
little in person contact can go a long way. We don't need to
attract a lot of people to make a big impact on the project.
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