[Members] Voting criteria

Hal Rottenberg halr9000 at gmail.com
Wed May 11 21:19:39 CDT 2005

On 5/11/05, Richard Dobson <richard at dobson-i.net> wrote:
> Favouring any one project at the expense of others would be a very very bad
> idea IMO as it would disenfranchise anyone from creating anything new and
> also other developers continuing their existing competing projects, doing
> something like this would be very damaging to the JSF IMO, keeping the JSF a
> more impartial organisation is definately they way to go.

While I understand what you are basing your opinions on, I have to
strongly disagree here.  There is no disenfranchising here. 
Competition would /encourage/ new developers, new projects and
actually light some fires under people's feet to make their good
product great.
> The only way to make this fair would be the certification program where
> everyone has a chance at getting the same sorts of awards for their software
> according to how standards compliant it is and how many features it has,
> this inturn would encourage all developers to implement new features and
> ensure their software is compliant rather than disenfranchising them, IMO
> this is the only way to go.

Life is not fair and all things are not equal.  Some software (and I
daresay some developers) are better than others.  I'm not even saying
"may the best one win" (which could be interesting), but rather, "all
who meet this baseline gets this badge of honor".  It's encouraging
and a goal to strive for!

But--I've always been supportive of the certification idea as well. 
But I would want multiple levels.  We have already established
several--XMPP, Basic IM, Intermediate IM, etc.  The only thing lacking
is to formalize a process to get on one of these three lists (or

And once you have that going, why not measure the popularity of
projects (like Sourceforge)?  That would certainly favor the good
projects over the bad, and that is a good thing.

(Sorry Peter, I think my LP is showing!)

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