[consulting] Drupal considerd dangerous

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Thu Dec 21 23:06:28 UTC 2006

On Dec 21, 2006, at 12:08 PM, Evan Leibovitch wrote:

> Kieran Lal wrote:
>>> There are no qualifications or "it's not always the best choice"  
>>> type
>>> honest comments anywhere to be found.
>> By targeting specific uses we tried to highlight it's strengths.
>> Highlighting weaknesses is not very useful as it's frequently the
>> limitations of the users ability to use a tool that are the real
>> weakness.
> Well, there we have it: "There are no weaknesses in Drupal, just
> weaknesses in users' ability to master it."
> You have me at a loss for words, I honestly have no answer to  
> something
> so incredibly arrogant.

My point was that Drupal can be made to do different things depending  
on the skill level of the person using it.  In a core maintainer's  
hands it can do somethings.  In a new user hands it can do another.   
The difference is based on the skill level of the user which makes it  
very difficult to make blanket statements about it's weaknesses.

>>> Small businesses are explicitly mentioned as a target group for whom
>>> Drupal is the right answer.
>>> In fact, the page offers no realistic appraisal of what Drupal  
>>> doesn't
>>> do well, which is also what people coming to such a page are
>>> looking for.
>> What do you suggest?
> The kind of honesty that Bill suggested. An acknowledgement that  
> Drupal
> isn't for everyone, and a frank analysis of its advantages and
> drawbacks. Respect for users' intelligence rather than contempt.

> Emphasis on understanding what users need, rather than what you expect
> of them.

Let me know when you write that page or edit the one I wrote and I'll  
publish it.


> - Evan
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