Re: Software quality and documentation, was: Core KDE member about HIG^W female contributors
> brilliant coders. At present, Open Source projects usually use the
> qualification of those brilliant coders but _not_ the qualification of
> those people. Instead they scare them away simply because of this
> subordination thingie.
I wonder if I'm involved with any such projects.
> But: $documentation_person needs to beg, and beg, and beg $coder to fix
> this problem. Often $coder won't see the problem (remember: for him it's
> not a problem since he wrote the code) and not fix it. Or because this is
> "only" a ui-problem it gets a low priority on the todo list (this other
> coool feature always has priority).
Many users of software feel entitled to fixes whether they contribute or
not. The fact that « I want my $0 refunded so I can go get a different
program » is not a credible threat is an example of the beauty of free
software. Not all contributors to a software project, whether coders,
documenters, testers, or dictators, feel strong obligation to the users
of the software, the other contributors, or the project itself.
> It's definitely not fullfilling to ask for an CVS account and not get it
> because "you're not a coder". It's definitely not fun to come up with good
I have never seen this happen, whereas I have seen counterexamples.