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

Jamie Holly hovercrafter at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 14 03:17:41 UTC 2009

Jeff Greenberg wrote:
> I don't think there's anything wrong with free, or with people making 
> code available if they wish. I tend to draw the line, in my own head, 
> when people begin to treat it as compulsory. Donating time is a 
> donation. Seems simple, but I think that's beyond a lot of folks. Like 
> any donation, it's up to each person what they feel they can 'afford' to 
> donate, and not up to the people receiving the donation to tell them 
> it's insufficient.
Not only that, but people who may not release code can (and do) give 
back in other ways. The knowledge I obtain while writing code that isn't 
released into the wild can come in handy when people ask questions on 
the support list. There are also times when working on private code you 
might realize a way in which core or a contrib module could run more 
efficiently, or have some new great feature. You find that out and go 
fill out a ticket and (hopefully) a patch.

Giving back code is a great contribution to the project, but only one 
way to contribute. The key to a great OS project is the organic nature 
of it - every little part acting as an organ to support the life of the 
whole body. Some remain as simpler life forms, very few organisms 
working that well together, while others flourish into full blown bodies 
comparable to humans. As for Drupal - well we are close to being the Six 
Million Dollar Man :D

Jamie Holly

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