[Members] Voting criteria

Ulrich Staudinger us at activestocks.de
Wed May 11 04:17:42 CDT 2005

>> And why to make it an official JSF project?
>> Because I think the motivation of some sparetime developers to 
>> contribute to
>> an opensource projects increases if it is under control of a demcoratic
>> (JS)Foundation.
> I find that unlikely, linux isnt as far as I know under the control on 
> a democratic foundation and there are hundreds if not thousands of 
> people contributing to that, what really motivates people to 
> contribute is interest in that bit of software or the product area it 
> is in as well as familarity with the programming language its written 
> in. Developing something that noone else is interested in or doing it 
> in some obscure language is not a very good way to get people to 
> contribute, if you want people to contribute either you need to get 
> them interested in your software somehow, implement something you know 
> lots of people are already interested in, and you must ensure you do 
> it in a language that is popular and well known for implementing what 
> you are trying to.

Am agreeing 100%.

>> Of course I can speak for me only but I would enjoy contributing. I also
>> know of many other developers that are interested in jabber software 
>> but do
>> not have the time to continue their half-complete (sometimes even OS)
>> single-developer projects.
> Again thats just a fact of life, if those developers dont have the 
> time to make their own projects why dont they go and contribute to 
> other peoples projects, thats what jabberstudio/sourceforge etc are 
> for, making it a JSF official project might help a little bit in that 
> regard, but what would do the same job without disenfranchising all 
> the other competing projects that wernt picked would be to just 
> publisise all the projects that people can contribute to in a central 
> place on the jabber.org website so prospective developers can easily 
> look for things they might want to contribute to. Another problem 
> other than disenfranchising other projects will likely be that you get 
> less new people contributing overall to jabber projects as they see 
> the non-official projects as inferior thus not want to contribute to 
> those but also might not find anything in the official projects that 
> either is interesting to them, that they know the programming language 
> for or they might not agree with how it was structured.

Agreeing - picking one favourite project will not help other projects. I 
think the JSF should remain as neutral as possible. Another approach 
would be to alternately push special projects with feature stories or 
special feature sections on the jsf page or a marketing page.


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