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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: site product breakdown
Date Sat, 19 Jun 2004 16:29:37 GMT
On Sunday 20 June 2004 00:09, Stephen McConnell wrote:
> Looking at the recent front page graphics - there is a trend going on to
> expand the set of things referred to as "Products". I think we need to
> pull back for a moment and rethink this.  

Should we go the MegaCorp way and present stuff way before it is available, 
pretend it is and worry about deceived users later, or should we have a more 
'sound & sane' policy that a Product must exist before it is promoted as 

I am in favour of the second. The Central/Laboratory exist exactly for the 
reason of growing the products into existence.

> A second issue concerns Merlin Discovery - the material describes an
> product intent, as opposed to a product that is available. 

"If X doesn't exist, the Product doesn't exist.", where X are;
 * Code
 * Documentation
 * Automated Tests
 * Community Support
Discovery at the moment, doesn't have all of the above, hence is not a Product 
(yet), and IMO belongs in the Laboratory, just like Studio & Magic.

If Discovery doesn't consist of code at all, then it is not a Product, but a 
Process (possibly a Pattern), in which case it wouldn't belong under Products 

What does others think?


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