[mb-users] Re: Open Letter to the MusicBrainz Community
rob at eorbit.net
Sun Aug 20 18:43:43 UTC 2006
On Aug 19, 2006, at 10:10 AM, Lukáš Lalinský wrote:
> I have to agree with this, but was this _really_ the reason for
> Stefan's dev accounts? I could understand that (personally I wouldn't
> solve it
> this way though). But the first mail you sent me sounded a little
. . .
> No, it wasn't the tone, it was the reason(s). As I said, I could
> doing so for e.g. using workflow he doesn't accept. But Rob said he
> did so
> because "his actions are creating discord", which is something
> different and something I will never agree to be a valid reason for
> like this.
Let me elaborate on the reasons why I did this. "Creating discord"
captures a whole number of issues that I perceived:
1. Stefan is too passionate, which in turn raises emotions in the whole
community. People that are normally calm (or people with normally
acceptable behavior) get pushed over the edge into the unreasonable
when they have to constantly bicker with Stefan. I perceived ripples of
discord going through the community, with Stefan at the center.
2. Stefan needs to coworker. The time I had to spent working with
Stefan ruled out the possibility of me doing any coding work or even
really administering the non-profit. This created discord in my
personal workflow, and thus my personal happiness about MB.
3. Stefan works too sloppily. I've got one concrete example:
I should've caught this mistake. I should've taken more time to review
things before the release. But instead I took Stefan's word that things
were ready and updated the site. The mason portions of the site refused
to come back up and I was on the hot-seat to debug it. After 10 minutes
of downtime and utter frustration I reverted back to a known good
version. I literally had to read the entire patch from the original
0712 branch to find the issue. What did this tell me? I could not trust
Stefan to say that things were ready and that when I wanted to do an
update that I would need to spend vastly more time convincing myself
that things were in fact ready. Downtime and sloppy bug fixes also
create discord in the community. Certainly in my well being.
4. Stress to settle conflicts. Now, we've agreed that I should stop
doing this. Aweseome. But at the time this was a major strain on me.
These were my reasons -- some of them are no longer issues, some are.
The entire time I was in SF and wasn't at the conference I was thinking
about these issues (not exactly relaxing, let me tell you). But I think
a step in the right direction will be to create the community oversight
system. Would it be a good idea to have this system take on the
question if Stefan should get his dev privs back as its first task?
--ruaok Somewhere in Texas a village is *still* missing its
Robert Kaye -- rob at eorbit.net -- http://mayhem-chaos.net
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