[development] taking a break
Chad Phillips -- Apartment Lines
chad at apartmentlines.com
Sun Jul 1 19:35:12 UTC 2007
>> There are very few members of our community who consistently meet
>> measures. Dries is one of them, and Drupal's success is due in
>> measure to that fact.
i agree. but let me suggest that there's a bit of a self-fulfilling
prophecy going on here. i think more members of the community could
meet the measures you outlined, if they were given the chance to
assume the responsibility, make some mistakes, and learn.
what i'm about to say is merely an educated guess, but i'm betting
it's fairly accurate given how humans learn and grow: in the
beginning, dries probably made more mistakes than he does now in his
decisions about what to commit/not commit. he probably committed
things that, looking back, he would not have committed given his
current level of experience in his position of leadership, or vice
versa. he probably learned some invaluable lessons from those
mistakes that inform his current decision making process.
not providing other people that same process inhibits them from
attaining the experience necessary to lead. your greatest lessons
come from your mistakes. if, as i have suggested, dries made any
mistakes in his time of leadership on the project, we've been able to
survive those just fine. we'll survive any mistakes that other
leaders will make, too -- especially since they have the benefit of a
mentor. in the process we'll build new leaders. (by the way, please
don't misconstrue the above to mean that i think the initial commit
of the deletion api was a mistake, because i don't! i'm examining a
larger dynamic here.)
one thing that i find particularly perplexing is the gravity with
which these kinds of changes are regarded. we participate in the kind
of endeavor where we can make adjustments if we start to see we're
heading in the wrong direction. nobody's life is at stake if we make
a mis-judgement here or there... ;) i guess for me that engenders
some spirit of experimentation -- not wild experimentation, but
reasoned changes that result in valuable feedback.
>> Compare comments here, two and a half years ago: http://
in that long thread, this was one of the most salient passages that i
"One of the concerns people may then have -- a longer-term concern --
for something like Drupal is: what happens when the torch is passed.
Does it remain an autocracy, and are people going to be pleased with
whomever assumes the role of autocrat? More importantly; what
assurance do the contributors have that this is going to result in
the continued health and well-being of the thing they have helped
those kinds of considerations provide credible weight to idea of
grooming new leaders today, no matter what the current conditions are.
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