[Debtags-devel] Ignored messages

Enrico Zini enrico@enricozini.org
Mon, 4 Apr 2005 20:18:33 +0200

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On Fri, Apr 01, 2005 at 08:32:13PM +0000, Thaddeus H. Black wrote:

Thanks for the nice mail.  However, I disagree here:

> This is not easy.  It is tempting to suggest that Enrico
> write the model all out now on paper for the rest of us
> to read, but mental technical models simply do not work
> that way.

I think one problem we have is that this mental model is not
sufficiently shared: I don't think we yet have the same understanding of
faceted collections, I don't think that many people here know what
libtagcoll (or even tagcoll) and libdebtags do, I don't think many
people here could be able to tell what me, Eric, Benjamin or you is
going to do next.

So, I think most of the problems here stem from having a technical model
that is not shared enough.

My problem in this case, is that when it's about technical things I
would like to talk with code, which however takes time.  And since I
have lots of code to write in Debtags, my instinctive reasoning is: "if
I have an hour to dedicate to Debtags, I'll write code instead of
answering e-mail".  Which is wrong, because even if I keep an eye in bug
reports, they tend not to get answered for months until they are solved.

Plus, even if we have some discussion and explanation here in the list,
it never gets formalised into some web page of explanation such as an
FAQ, an HOWTO, a TODO-list, a tutorial, a job offer, something that
people could look at when they forget things, or something that people
could look at to get involved.  This would be tremendously useful (and
my experience as a secretary/facilitator in the Ubuntu Docteam has
proved that to me), but we haven't had so far anyone here taking the
burden of it.

I hope that the next Debconf 5 in Helsinki could prove to be a good
moment to sync some brain.

We are a nice SmallTeam(tm), but we still haven't taken much advantage
of it.



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