[development] One core, many distributions

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Fri Nov 25 08:56:49 UTC 2005

This is a very interesting issue, IMHO. Sorry for all those bored with this 

Op donderdag 24 november 2005 20:55, schreef u:
> I'm totally not arguing with you btw :).

No, I got that; I think we agree, but i think this is an interesting 

> >>I undersatnd the attitude that "the only thing that matters are
> >>contributors", however I would argue that the more users you have, the
> >>more contributors you will have.
> >I already mentioned that users are a route towards new developers, Not
> > only because the more users you have the bigger the chances are there is
> > a contributer inbetween, but also because a lot of users spend money on
> > hiring developers for drupal.
> >
> >However, to the project itself, IMO the only thing that really counts, in
> > the end, is the amount of active contributors. All the rest can be
> > ignored.
> isn't what you just said contradictory? What am I missing -
> Users [help create] new developers [and create] marketplace [which
> brings] new developers
> so how can you then turn around and say "...the only thing that really
> counts, in the end, is that amount of active contributors.."
> I'm just wondering :).

No this does not contradict:
If one runs a company, one can easily say: in the end its all about the 
balance, the money. 
Having clients is cool: But clients that only cost money, or even clients that 
do not bring any money, are nice, yet do not help. in the end, 
A company can then say "The profit is all that matters, in the very end. 
Whether that is genrated by no clients at all, only one client or thousands 
of clients does not matter". 

In the same line we can say: The only thing that we can calculate our value 
off, is the amount of contributors, not the amount of users". 

Hell, we can have a million of users, yet only two developers. In that case we 
have a serious problem :)

> Also I just had a thought (everybody cover your ears...) Is the project
> about the developers/contributors or is it about the code.  I wonder...
> >>I believe that a lot of this conversation is because you have
> >>new people coming into the arena with their own ideas, aspirations and
> >>needs.
> >
> >Oh, buit this is a good thing, imo. It keeps drupal from rusting.
> agreed :)

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