[Mailman-Developers] observation from a bystander :) [long and boring]

John Viega John@list.org
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 13:39:22 -0800

I want to thank Peter for this post.  I personally try to get to
Mailman stuff a couple times a week, but in the interests of time
management, I generally don't respond to very much absolutely
immediately.  Some weeks it's worse than others, and I think it's just
been a bad one for most of us :)


On Wed, Oct 28, 1998 at 06:34:05PM +0100, Tomas Fasth wrote:
> Peter,
> as a bystander myself I can certainly understand your frustration and have
> sometimes found myself in similar situations. But I also think you might
> have to lower your expectations on other people's urge to please you.
> Here's some basic guidelines  when dealing with free software:
> * Don't expect someone else to do more than yourself.
> * Improvements are done through working code, not fancy suggestions.
> * Be humble to the fact that active developers are sacrificing their free
> time.
> * Your situation is of common interest only if it results in a collective
> benefit.
> * Always share your experiences, but never expect other to do the same.
> * The more you contribute, the more respect and honor you will receive.
> * If you are to criticize, make it factual and constructive.
> * If you want improvements, use constructive suggestions, not complains.
> * If your suggestions are not addressed, implement them yourself, or try to
> fill your needs with a different piece of software, never demand it from
> others.
> * If you get no response from the community, there is always a good reason.
> * Be patient.
> Tomas
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