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From "Bill Stoddard" <b...@wstoddard.com>
Subject Re: Apache History Project - Call for comments
Date Wed, 15 May 2002 13:11:18 GMT

> Ben Hyde wrote:
> >
> > Thomas Eibner wrote:
> >  > One volunteer has already come forward to help us gather data and we've
> >  > compiled some statistics from this mailinglist showing how many posts
> >  > each person has made since '95:
> >  >
> >  > Total Posts on dev@httpd.apache.org: 87510
> >  >
> >  >   1: ...
> >
> > This comes up from time to time.  Somebody measures something; bugs
> > submitted, bugs fixes, lines written, commits made, documents written,
> > mails send, bylaws written, meetings attended, email threads started,
> > email threads ended, uses of the word 'bucket'...
> >
> > When it has come up before I have written variations of the following.
> > Try not to take this as an attack on the volunteer or the messenger
> > but ...
> >
> > I have very strong objections to nieve attempts to reduce the
> > contributions made by various individuals into 'objective' scores and
> > 'leader boards'.
> >
>
> I agree as well... such metrics are misleading at best and insulting and
> disruptive at worst. They are, to be blunt, dangerous to a
> collaborative environment and should be avoided if possible.
> --

Yes, I agree with Jim and Ben.  If this is where the project is going, I am in favor of
shutting it down right now.

Bill




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