When to Fork and When to Spoon

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Tue Mar 7 21:22:38 MST 2006


On Tue,  7 Mar 2006 at 12:37 -0600, Michael Halcrow wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 07, 2006 at 08:45:36AM -0700, Hans Fugal wrote:
> > On Tue,  7 Mar 2006 at 07:23 -0800, Jonathan Ellis wrote:
> > > I was in this situation once.  I did a total refactor of a sf
> > > project (ImportScrubber) and the owner said, Great!  You're the
> > > new maintainer!
> > > 
> > > So be careful. :)
> > 
> > Heh. Well I wouldn't really mind that, so long as it doesn't offend
> > him in the process.
> 
> In Open Source Software development, you aren't going to last long if
> you are always preoccupied with trying to keep from offending people.
> 
> <Agent Smith voice>It is inevitable</Agent Smith voice>.
> 
> I think Christoph Hellwig is a wonderful illustration of this
> principle:
> 
> http://www.uwsg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0505.2/0455.html
> 
> :-)

Whenever I get to feeling like I'm too nice, I just meander on over to
the plug mailman administration page and flip that reply-to bit. Works
like a charm every time.

-- 
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
 
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the 
right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    -- Johann Sebastian Bach
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