[theforum] weo signoff

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Fri Mar 4 05:39:47 CST 2005

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On 4 Mar 2005, at 03:19, Jeff Howden wrote:

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>>>  What about the highest rated articles feature?
>> Don't think we committed to doing that by launch.
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> Honestly, you didn't commit to much by launch except "getting off the
> bespoke" solution.  Sorry, but some of the things *you're* willing to 
> cut
> are important to other members of the community.

If they're important to you, take the trouble to document them. Better: 
take the trouble to suggest fixes. Best: put in some effort to fix 
them. Your requests will generally done *much* faster if you put some 
time in to contribute the work needed. Or if you do really anything 
positive at all.

But standing on the sidelines, throwing in late and insufficiently 
detailed issue reports and feature requests, then refusing to document 
them just smells of rearguard diversionary tactics.

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>>> What about validating to the specified DTD?
>> I see someone's changed something - other than
>> user-submitted content (which we're not touching as a
>> surprisingly large amount doesn't *currently* validate),
>> there are only a couple of tweaks. Document it on the
>> tracker please
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> You seem to like that thing so much, *you* document it.

If you don't care enough about your shopping list to put in the time to 
document them to a sufficient level to enable diagnosis and resolution, 
then how does that persuade anyone else to take them seriously?

You want them looked at? You document them. Until that point, they stay 
at rumour status. Quibbles with this will invalidate any 
professionalism argument you wish to use.

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