[development] Wasting time and effort

Steven Peck sepeck at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 06:40:02 UTC 2009

There are even new modules listed on drupal.org




On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:49 PM, Greg Holsclaw <greg at t2media.com> wrote:
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> From: development-bounces at drupal.org [mailto:development-bounces at drupal.org]
> On Behalf Of Andrew Berry
> Sent: Monday, March 09, 2009 2:38 PM
> To: development at drupal.org
> Subject: Re: [development] Wasting time and effort
> On 9-Mar-09, at 2:15 PM, Daniel F. Kudwien wrote:
>> Would it really hurt the process of evolution and innovation in
>> Drupal when
>> a new project ("request") would go into a "new projects queue"
>> first, where
>> all community members could do a quick review and optionally point
>> to a
>> possible existing project that could benefit from additional man-
>> power,
>> features, and stuff?
> I think this is a good idea. I was having this conversation with some
> at DC; we all noted that for our very first contribution, we did a
> great deal of thinking, planning, and so on, but for subsequent
> modules they tend to go in without as much attention. I'm sure I'm not
> the only one who's written code only to discover after that someone
> else did it under a different name. No one I think really likes
> duplication without reason.
> Long term, I think the solution is for search on d.o to continue to
> improve so that it is easy to tell within a few searches if another
> module exists. Until then, a "does this exist" queue or mailing list
> could serve quite nicely.
> --Andrew
> There are new modules listed at http://drupalmodules.com/new-modules/feed.
> Also, many times before people have used this list to announce new modules,
> or inquire if someone is already working on something which leads exactly to
> the feedback that was suggested.
> But I am against the 'request' verbiage that was used in this idea. Gives
> the impression that an idea or module has to be approved before being worked
> on, and that is not an open source ideal at all. In Drupal and other open
> source projects, the hurdle to success or failure should be as low as
> possible, and even parallel modules more adequately search the solution
> space of a problem. All are good things. And yes, the module list has grown
> from hundreds at 4.7, to thousands now, but that problem will persist as
> long as Drupal is leading the pack.
> Greg

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