5.0 and or 4.8 (was Re: [development] Drupal x.x.0 freeze date)

Earl Miles merlin at logrus.com
Tue May 2 03:16:29 UTC 2006

Khalid B wrote:
>> It is fair, one can have ones own view of what  they like or dislike
>> without the concerns of others yet wishing others can help to test and
>> comment on their pet features.  It is pretty sad if this is the main
>> stream thoughts from developers - I hope  this is not the case.   But of
>> course, we all like no rules and no obligations ;-).
> Jenny
> This is Open Source development. It does not happen because corporate
> marketing mandates a feature, or  someone up high in the hierarchy orders
> it down the command chain.
> It is mainly a scratch your itch thing. Someone's itch may be something
> relating to a web site they own and run, another person's itch is their 
> non-
> profit clients, yet another would be commercial clients, yet another would
> be scalability for a hosting provider, ...etc.
> We cannot force everyone to a herd mentality or a hive mind. If others want
> a feature in, they write it, they lobby for it, they convince others
> of its value.
> I will only object if I see that this breaks something else, or is 
> bloated, or
> whatever.
> In my view, the features have to be the collective sum of pet features that
> people who chose to propose them and put the effort to make them happen.
> So, it is not as pessimistic as you understood it to be, or as you may 
> sound
> to you.

I do think that the one positive to the 'roadmap' argument is to put together 
what people are working on. Not so much a "This is waht will happen" but a 
projection of how things look now. Even with the knowledge that this isn't a 
promise, and is malleable, it can help people out by identifying areas that 
could use help, should someone wish to pitch in, and it can identify areas that 
are well covered so that people don't end up butting heads trying to scratch the 
same itch.

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