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From Wolf Halton <wolf.hal...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Bikeshedding (Was: Suggestion for OOo branding...)
Date Sun, 24 Jul 2011 13:14:37 GMT
This is something new to me, "bikeshedding". I have participated in this
kind of discussio before, but never knew there was a term for the
phenomenon.
Thanks!

On Jul 24, 2011 7:09 AM, "Arthur Buijs" <arthur@artietee.nl> wrote:
> Sometimes a discussion pops up that gets a lot of attention from a lot
> of people and it often leads to heated discussions. When this happens we
> (as a community) should be carefull not to run into the trap of
> bikeshedding [0].
>
> This thread about icons and branding already contains more messages from
> more people than for example the move to SVN and some people are already
> throwing in accusations without explanations.
>
> Because threads like this choke the community we should try to identify
> them early and see how we can work around them before they cause to much
> damage to our community.
>
> For example in this case someone who is smart about branding and icons
> could do a proposal to add a page to the wiki and define (based on
> research and evidence) a set of guidelines for icons. Instead of
> discussing about a certain color on this list we discuss the reason to
> use (or not to use) colors. And then we hope this different discussion
> does not attract everybody with an opinion (because then the
> bikeshedding continues) but only those people who add value to the
> guidelines on the wiki with their knowledge and experience on the subject.
>
> [0] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson's_Law_of_Triviality
>
> --
> Regards/groeten,
> Arthur Buijs

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