[standards-jig] JEPs and Jabber Adoption

Tijl Houtbeckers thoutbeckers at splendo.com
Sat Jun 28 21:55:16 UTC 2003

I've been thinking a little more about this, and the more I do, the 
more I think that the JSF and Jabber Council were not meant to have 
this effect on the Jabber community. I'm seriously starting to think an 
anarchic "linux-style" approach without a Jabber Council would have 
brought a lot more enhancments with a lot less effort. 

In fact, if we look at the JEP-list on jabber.org we still see most 
enhancements that re widely used are informational JEPs, either 
released at the time or document lately by PSA. Opposed to that we have 
a shipload of standardstrack JEPs stuck in experimental. 

I know there's gonna be a lot of arguments about how interoperatability 
will become impossible if we have competing standards and the like, but 
that neither impresses or scares me much. For example, I find the 
suggestion that we wouldn't have a widely implemented *and* 
interoperatable filetranfer mechanism by now with a less restricive 
model.. well.. laughable. The opensource community is a lot more 
selforganising then some think. 

I really do wish that a few years ago some client author would have 
just made a decent filetransfer protocol to complement the HTTP based 
one and implemented it. We'd all be sending files now to each other 
(and god knows what more we'd be doing) and maybe PSA would have made a 
nice informal JEP about it now. 

I'm not suggesting we simply abandon the council, but there should be 
ways to improve the way we're working here. Ofcourse, it could be just 
me that feels frustrated. 

Tijl Houtbeckers
Software Engineer @ Splendo
The Netherlands

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