[openbeos] Re: Contribution to preferences or

  • From: "Michael Phipps" <mphipps1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 21:45:25 -0400


>1) Communication problem with the management. We hear everything in "beos 
>news-sites" but nothing on the "OpenBeos-site"
>Solution: A good and UP-TO-DATE news forum with easy acces. What I mean is not 
>a newsletter( the ones 

I just looked at BeOSJournal.org, what I consider to be the most frequently 
updated BeOS site out there.
The only item on their page right now that we didn't post is about the 
Honestly, it is sort of a work in progress, ATM, that I wouldn't have 
considered all that newsworthy. It is great work that the team is doing, but it 
isn't a news item, IMHO. The only other thing that I can think of that you 
might be refering to is that a lot of the news sites post something everytime 
DarkWyrm updates his web site/blog. I don't begrudge them that, but I don't 
think that it is all that big of a deal. If some event comes up that is that 
important, DW posts on our front page. All of the team leads, plus a few others 
can post on the news section. I think that we all wish that there was more 
news. But milestones are miles in between. :-)

that exists are very good for those who are developing). I mean, if someone 
leave a team or gets into it, this should be posted in a central place. And not 
somewhere in a 'dark corner' of the site. A potential developer should have the 
possibility to send a mail to the "right" responsable team-manager. There 
should not be old email addresses.

I just went through all of the teams. I don't see any old email addresses with 
the exception of Rich Kosiba. I will get that removed ASAP.

>2) There is no easy way to contribute to the project.
>Solution: A webpage where you are able to fill in your interests and in which 
>team you want to work. When you "submit", a mail should be sent to the 
>responsable team-leader

I know that I talked about this a few minutes ago, so this is somewhat an old 
issue, but I can not emphasize enough how much misery this approach caused. 
Literally 100 people or more signed up but never found time. We do need to make 
it clearer, I guess, how to contribute. I will try to do so on the website.

>I just want to help, because I think this is important. I'm just 23 years old, 
>but one thing I know for sure. If there is a lack of communication, you will 
>have troubles sooner or later... and that is not what we need. With better 
>communication you will see that a project will develop faster and better.

I 100% agree. But that also has to go both ways - you can't dash off one email, 
wait a short period of time, then give up. Look at the other OSS projects 
around. If you do that in Linux or BSD, you won't necessarily get anywhere. 
There are just *WAY* too many people who will dash off a "I want to help" and 
then disappear. Not saying that their reasons or intentions aren't good. But it 
would literally take a staff of 4 or 5 people working full time to handle this 
way of management. I know - I burned myself out badly trying. :-/ 

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