[development] One core, many distributions

Gerhard Killesreiter gerhard at killesreiter.de
Wed Nov 23 14:50:52 UTC 2005

andre wrote:

>> No, it is just right. We know better because we simply know our 
>> software, the software it depends on, and so on. We are the Gods, you 
>> are the dust on our feet.
> I'm not here to defend or flame Liza (though it seems that she 
> deserves a little of both)...
> I'm just going to toss this out there:
> When developers start referring to themselves as Deities - they also 
> start to believe that they are infallible - and they start to believe 
> that they know all and can do no wrong.

You don't think I was serious about that, do you?

I avoid to use smileys, they take away the element of surprise.

> Such arrogance is the downfall of all empires.
> Be great - but also be humble.
> Biting the hand that codes your software may be a faux pas - but so is 
> pissing on the community that gives you your raison detre.

No, no, and no. The "community" (I hate that word) is not the reason 
d'etre for Drupal or the reason why anybody would develop for it. The 
reason is to get stuff done for our own needs. You are free to use it, 
too. But that's it.

> and finally
>> Why on earth should we? Why should we give a damn about any of your 
>> problems? They are your problems after all, not ours.
> If you don't bother to even consider the comments or concerns of 
> community members - i.e. joe average-end-user or jane super-user - you 
> are no longer a software engineer or developer - your just a code 
> monkey flinging meticulously polished elegant and efficient turds of 
> code.

No, I am solving *my* problems. If those problems are somebody else's 
problems too, then that is fine with me. But I am not adopting problems 
I am not interested in. Not without a fee, anyway.


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