[development] Very concerned over Drupal's core development

Earl Miles merlin at logrus.com
Mon Apr 20 19:05:05 UTC 2009

Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
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> Earl Miles schrieb:
>> Dries Buytaert wrote:
>>> As core matures, we might see more patches getting stale.  I think the
>>> reason is (at least) two-fold:
>>>  1) More patches compete for attention, but fewer of these patches are
>>> truly important.  In this case, patches getting stale is not
>>> necessarily a bad thing because history has proven that important
>>> patches will eventually bubble to the top for the right reasons.
>> If the 'right reasons' are because the developers got frustrated with
>> the process and quit pushing their patch, whereas other developers are
>> extremely stubborn and managed to push their patch through anyway, then
>> sure. But just because some developer is bullheaded enough to wade
>> through the crap doesn't mean that's the right reasons.
> Right or wrong: this is not new. You always had to be persistent (or
> stubborn) in order to push through larger changes.

I don't disagree with this. I disagree with the interpretation: Calling 
'being stubborn' the right reasons is not an indication that the right 
patches float to the top automatically. It is a little bit like argument 
trickle-down economics: Giving money to the rich enriches the poor.

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