On Sat December 20 2008 7:11:26 pm Billie Walsh wrote:
> Why is it a bad analogy. The devs, one, two, a dozen, have a product
> they want users, customers, to use. As long as the users are happy they
> use the product of the devs labors. When the devs stop making a product
> the users are happy with the users will go to another product. When the
> users stop using the product of the devs labors what is the point of
> making it any more. The devs provide a service to the users, a workable
> desktop. The users "pay" for this with their "thanks" [ probably not
> often enough ], bug reports, requests for new services, and suggestions
> for improvement.
Because, no matter what the motivation, they are not truly beholden to end
users 100%. They don't demand or expect anything generally speaking, imo.
> I'm not so sure I completely buy the "I only do it for myself" line.
> They might do it for their own use, but then why put it out for the
> world to use. There has to be some satisfaction that hundred, thousands,
> millions (?) find pleasure in your labors. You do it about as much for
> them as for yourself.
"I only do it for myself" doesn't exclude that satisfaction, at least that's
how I am taking it to mean in many cases.
> Is there _really_ such a thing as a "non-contributing user".
My wife makes one
> Some might
> contribute more than others but almost everybody contributes in some
> way. There have been many discussions on this list that have developed
> into bug reports. Not always posted by the person that had the problem,
> but a bug gets posted because they "contributed" their problem to the
> list. Maybe today I have a problem and get help. Maybe tomorrow someone
> else has a problem and I can help "fix" it in some small way. I think we
> all contribute in some way. Maybe not directly, but still take part in
> making this work.
> I think we are having a nice discussion.
So do I
> Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
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