[development] Why I don't Upload a Module to Drupal

Bryan Ollendyke bto108 at psu.edu
Mon Sep 14 02:39:40 UTC 2009

This is also a complaint running about developing for a project that has
100's of thousands of hours put in by a completely distributed group of
people.  Think of the amount of time the core group has put in over the
years to get it where it is now that all of us can download it and have it
up.  8 years of work and learning from those experiences for us all to snap
up and build on the shoulders of giants in a few clicks.  I always think of
it in those terms and then me giving away 100 hours (about 400 in the last
two projects :p) doesn't seem as big a deal.  I do share a similar short
fuse when it comes to requests on that code.  I think at the very least
getting your code out there helps everyone, improves your visibility (which
helps you) and isn't going to do anyone else any good sitting locked up in
the basement as a custom made, unpublished module.  I buy in too much to the
culture of free though I guess :p


On Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 10:16 PM, Jeff Greenberg <jeff at ayendesigns.com>wrote:

> Michelle Cox wrote:
>> I've spent hundreds of hours on my modules. It's mostly satisfying and I
>> enjoy making something that other people use. But there are days when I
>> wonder why I'm giving all my time away for free. When folks come around and
>> demand that I give even more for free, I can have a pretty short fuse. LOL
>> Michelle
> Hi Michelle, I certainly value your time and work...I've mentioned that
> before (baalwww). Here's my two cents based on over 30 years of software
> development in all types of roles: there will always be camps on everything!
> There are camps as to which hardware should be used, which programming
> language, which architecture, which cms, and, as I've seen here more and
> more, the same when it comes to the thought of whether apps should be
> provided for free or whether someone's time should be compensated (let
> alone, compensated profitably or beyond). My feeling: if ALL my work is to
> be for the greater good, then someone needs to start paying for the things
> that aren't provided to me out of the greater good, like my mortgage,
> gasoline, food...
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