Re: Hackers, should we elect them ?

On mar, 24 oct 2000 14:35:08 Daniel Veillard wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 24, 2000 at 01:41:17PM +0200, Xavier Bestel wrote:
> > 
> > On mar, 24 oct 2000 13:00:57 Hadess wrote:
> > > To all the candidates who have contributed a certain amount of code to
> > > the Gnome project, why should I vote for you ? To get you away from your
> > > computer and you spend less time coding ? Would you move from the
> > > programming and hacking to do management, and take project decisions,
> > > like Linus does...
> > 
> > That was exactely my thought when I was building my candidates list this
> > morning (BTW, I should put 11 names on my list, that's it ?) - I
voluntarily left some
> > great hackers, because I know their time will be better spent coding and
> > architectural decisions for Gnome than doing PR and advertising.
> > 
> > But the point is: GF should *not* take architectural decisions, otherwise
> > hackers should be part of GF.
>   The Gnome Foundation was suggested in a large part to avoid business
> interest taking over hacker interest. Hackers should be part of GF.
> Basically if hacking on Gnome is not fun anymore, hackers will go code
> on something else. You better put a representative amount of them on the
> board to simply avoid loosing them.

Don't get me wrong, there are hackers on my list, but hackers which fit in the
role of what I think a GF member should be (at least as I can read on their
candidacy statement, because I don't know them personally, and that's a shame - but
that's politics)

I didn't include the persons I thought were "hackers only" because I think the
decisions the GF will take don't directly interests them. Moreover, I think that
important (even tactical) architectural decisions are in the hands of the
hackers, not the GF. So they shouldn't be affraid of not being elected, they still
have the power.

*BUT* if I'm wrong, say it now ! Tell it to me before I vote ! I want to vote
for the right persons, I don't want to see hackers relegated to a second role.


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