[development] Overwhelmed by traffic on this list

Jonathan Kamens jik at kamens.brookline.ma.us
Tue Jan 10 21:33:17 UTC 2006

Robin Monks writes:
 > In theory, digest mode would work for this, since you can just scan the
 > headers.

I'm sorry, but I disagree.

Look, I have four kids under the age of 7.  I have a full-time job
which has -zero- to do with Drupal.  I am on at least four or five
different volunteer committees.  I maintain several OSS packages that
have -zero- to do with Drupal.  I'm up after 11pm pretty much every
night, up after midnight many nights, up all night on a somewhat
regular basis, and regardless of how late I have to stay up just to
get done what I need to get done, I still have to get up at 6am to get
the kids to school and get to work on time.

I have less than no free time.  I have negative free time.  Scanning
headers takes time.  Scanning headers is also header-prone, because
the ratio of relevant to irrelevant (to me) messages is is going to be
so ridiculously low that when one that's relevant finally pops onto
the digest, I'll surely miss it.

If the more active Drupal developers and core maintainers want to
write off people like me, and I suppose that's entirely possible given
the way I've seen some other casual Drupalers treated on this list,
that's certainly a legitimate choice for you to make.  But what I'm
saying is that with just a little bit of effort to make the
information that we need accessible to us, you will enable us to be
active contributors to the community.

Mind you, people are already writing and sending out the messages that
people like me need to see.  They're just being sent out to a list
that people like me simply don't want to read.  It would be pretty
much no extra time at all for these messages to be sent to a developer
announcements list instead of or in addition to this list.


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