[theforum] movement for redesign

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Mon Aug 11 21:13:20 CDT 2003

David Kaufman wrote:
> regardless, it seems sensible to have such a failover site on a different
> box, on a different network, so that if the main site's box or network goes
> haywire (or if Jeff gets hit by a bus and no one else has the access
> privledges + know-how to step in) the backup can become the frontup in a
> hurry, by David just punching the big red "press only in emergency" DNS
> button.

Just so everyone knows, the situation isn't quite as bad as it might 
seem.  I have access to weo and have done enough development with Jeff 
that I feel I could step in if necessary.  It would suck to have to do 
it, of course, because I didn't do the original coding, but I know 
Jeff's development style well enough to feel that I could deal with 
emergency situations.  I also believe that Morgan has access to weo now 
(I could be wrong) so there is another non-Eugene person in case Eugene 
gets nuked but somehow the hosting facility gets spared.

That being said, I'm still very much in favor of multiple people being 
in charge of all the critical points of evolt. Truly distributed 
development in a community as large as ours is a holy grail.  I'm not 
sure what the best we can hope for is.  But I'm all in favor of giving 
it the best shot we can, regardless of whether its in php, asp, cf, or 
more likely, a combination of the above.  But getting the organizational 
structure together to accomodate and encourage the multiple, 
interrelated development branches is going to be a heck of hurdle.  Just 
try to remember how difficult and new this is as we figure this whole 
thing out.


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