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From "Ralf S. Engelschall" <>
Subject Re: [STATISTIC] Apache Development
Date Mon, 03 Aug 1998 15:51:57 GMT

In article <> you wrote:

> Ralf S. Engelschall writes:
>  > ... contributed to Apache. ... "Don't know any numbers". ...

> Fun.

> It is important to remain approprately light hearted about
> such numbers.  I enjoy collecting numbers like these from
> projects I work on.  So many times I've watched the arrival
> of "numbers" like these create misunderstanding, hurt feelings
> and defensiveness over and over again.

> I'd particularly advise against collecting the number of edits by X
> that caused bug later!  On time is also a terrible number.  On the
> other hand # of edits to the bug database, help mailing list,
> documentation, etc. are good since most people don't like that work.
> I often monitor a mess of such numbers and make a point of going and
> saying thank you when a person does the first in a new catagory.

> Richard Gabreil's book has a nice story in it about the time
> the CEO decided to layoff people based on # of hours they 
> worked.

Oh, hell, yes. I see the point, too. But the statistic was just a
1-hour-try-it-out hack to get a chart which gives some impression.  I never
tried to make it 100% reflect the real life, of course.

                                       Ralf S. Engelschall

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