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From Ben Hyde <>
Subject Re: Apache History Project - Call for comments
Date Wed, 15 May 2002 12:56:38 GMT
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 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'.

Projects thrive when diverse and complementary skills are brought
together in a way to avoids rivalry.  

Skills are complementary when their measures are orthogonal.  Often they
are so orthogonal that one contributor couldn't for the love nor money fill
the role another person is playing.  I certainly could never fill
Doug's shoes; he's a doer.

In such an environment measures that are easily collected are certain to
be seriously misleading and can trivially leave feelings hurt and create
contests that lead to deadly disputes.

It is extremely hard to get people to remain detached about these things.

 - ben

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