When open source projects close the process, something's wrong
Posted by: Anonymous
on November 03, 2007 07:11 PM
Nathan, you are totally missing the point in both cases.
Imagine someone publishes draft of your article as a real article. Would you appreciate that? Of course not. No sane journalist would (as journalist and ex-editor I do know what I'm talking about). Extrapolate that to icons and you will see why you were so much wrong.
Now, on GIMP. See, gui.gimp.org was created as result of usability research from October or Nobember 2006. Everything that is published there relates to that work. Why would Peter want someone who didn't take part at the event and who doesn't know everything they know to start changing something in the wiki? Why would you want to enlarge amount of decision makers which would only lead to consequences and portponing actual decisions? Do you really want that kind of bad project management? Why?
Both issues are not about openness. They are about respect and good project management. If you can't understand this, if you fail to do a proper research and talk to actual developers, my advice for you is to consider quitting journalistics.