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From Stephen McConnell <mcconn...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Politics
Date Fri, 02 May 2003 02:07:53 GMT

david.gray@hic.gov.au wrote:

>Speaking as a lurker on the list, I too do not like seeing this type of
>division. Makes me hesitate to actually want to spend time understand the
>software being written.
>I see a lot of technically very clever people on this list with lots of
>great ideas from whom I could learn heaps and you all obviously believe in
>I just hope that everyone can find their comfortably niche.


Back a couple of years ago (maybe three)  I was lurking on this like 
much as your are now. At that time a similar scenario unfolded - 
something less than comfortable - something that would raise doubts.  
Your concerns are completely reasonable, however, there is a substantive 
and qualifiable difference between the things I witnessed two/three 
years ago and things happening today.  Two.three years ago this was an 
emerging community, today this *is* a community.  The issues that are 
being dealt today with are by coincidence similar to the issues that 
were being address back then, but the context is completely different.  
Avalon has grown, matured and evolved.  Today "Avalon" can deal with 
these issues. That was never part of the equation before.  If I were 
you, I would place a lot of confidence in the ability of the community 
to address and resolve these issues.  BTW, I also think that your 
question of niche is very relevant, but it is something does not fall 
easily with a particular slot.  Don't disappear -  I am confident that 
the different points of view will be addressed constructively and with 
consideration of the real interests of everyone involved.

Cheers, Steve.


Stephen J. McConnell

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