[OSM-talk] Being Constructive, was: Topology
lars at aronsson.se
Thu Apr 26 10:48:29 BST 2007
Frederik Ramm wrote:
> In this project, it is very hard to find someone who's willing
> to even think about a problem requiring an attention span of
> more than five minutes and which cannot be simply fixed
> [...] This project doesn't have a team, it has a ton of lone
Exactly so. Do you know a way to change this? Or should we learn
to live with it? Even if that learning means an effort? I think
the release of the planet.osm file was such a huge success mainly
because it allowed these lone rangers to do work in silence at
home. Providing the weekly dump is a design that fits our current
Even Chris' work at metalabs is a lone ranger's work. Has he
really shown any greater social skills than Steve or Dutch?
> This project is driven by the "lowest hanging fruit" principle -
> find something that's easy to do, do it, and then tell the world
> that you're a doer, not a talker. Yippieh. A real man.
We shouldn't deny the simple minds their simple pleasures.
There's no harm in taking pride in your own small achievements.
> But it would do us all good to say goodbye to judging the vale
> of someone's contribution in number of lines of code committed.
You can wish for that attitude shift to happen, but will it?
After all, it's the running code that makes OSM different from
anybody's vague dream of what might happen. Chris has great code
running at his own website. Too bad he and Steve can't get along.
I think we need to find a way where we all can benefit from both
persons' achievements without forcing them to cooperate.
Lars Aronsson (lars at aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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