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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: Weekly conference call - thoughts
Date Fri, 28 Oct 2005 20:29:15 GMT
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Matt Hogstrom wrote:
> I was thinking that it might be worthwhile to have a regular weekly
> conference call for those on the dev list.  It would not be mandatory at
> all but we could all put it on our calendars and use it as a time to
> talk over issues rather than rely totally on e-mail.  We'd get someone
> to take notes and post them to the dev list and solicit agenda items
> from there as well.

A very strong -1.  This discriminates against and disenfranchises
those who can't make it for whatever reason, not least those in
timezones far removed from the majority.  And it leaves no trace
other than hearsay.

IRC is frowned upon as a formal discussion mechanism for the
same reason, although it's easier to log.  Nevertheless,
discussions about development are supposed to happen in the
wide-open, where other developers *and non-developers* can
see them now and in the future.  I.e., email.

This has come up repeatedly in the last several years, and
the conclusion has always been the same: the convenience
of the few never dominates the visibility to the many.

There are exceptional circumstances, such as the ApacheCon
hackathons, but they a infrequent and the attendees are
typically expected to recap any proposals in front of the
mailing list before anything happens.

As an occasional way to get through a lot quickly it's
acceptable; as an institutionalised medium, -1.
- --
#ken	P-)}

Ken Coar, Sanagendamgagwedweinini  http://Ken.Coar.Org/
Author, developer, opinionist      http://Apache-Server.Com/

"Millennium hand and shrimp!"
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