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From "Konstantin Piroumian" <>
Subject Re: [docs] opensource and quality control
Date Sat, 18 May 2002 15:50:07 GMT
From: "Stefano Mazzocchi" <>
> Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:
> > On Wednesday 15 May 2002 07:45, David Crossley wrote:
> > >. . .
> > > So, let us develop a procedure whereby the opensource
> > > model is still employed, yet there is initial quality control.
> > >. . .
> >
> > Following the opensource model, I think docs should be released as early
> > possible, with only minimal initial quality control but clearly flagged
> > "draft" or something.  AND it must be very easy for all readers to give
> > feedback on the docs so that they can be improved.
> Release as early and as often as possible.
> Diana, no, people don't go learning PHP because of mistakes in the docs.
> And if they do, great, they had no way to help us anyway so it's not a
> problem if they don't stick around.
> I'm not being an asshole, just realistic: I'll tell you a story that
> I've told the students at the University in Milano last week (Nicola and
> Ugo were present).
> Perfect stuff doesn't create open source communities: if you take
> something, it works perfectly and doesn't give you any problem, the
> community struggles: there is no refreshing, no new energy coming in.
> If there were perfect cocoon docs, you wouldn't even be here. The *same*
> can be said for *every* committer on this list.

> I won't go as far as suggesting to make mistakes on purpose (I don't do
> that anymore with code myself), but don't bother perceive quality: just
> plant the seed in the right location and water rightly, the plant will
> grow by itself and both you and the plant will be happy.

Can't say that I'm not totally agree with all the above, but one thing I can
say for sure: if Cocoon had perfect docs and were free of minor or major
bugs then I would never ever subscribe to Cocoon Dev list.


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> Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
>                           able to give birth to a dancing star.
> <>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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