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  • From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
  • To: "Dave Winer" <dave@userland.com>, <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 07:34:55 -0500

At 10:17 AM -0800 3/5/00, Dave Winer wrote:
> and scripting, we could have real graphic UIs,
>editable in a Web browser.
>We released this as open source in January, and so far have been frustrated
>with the lack of movement and/or enthusiasm for this project.


Tossing a product that you're bored with, aren't investing in, and 
that never attracted much user interest in the first place over the 
open source fence is not the way to build a developer community. If 
you're not interested in pursuing it, why should anybody else be? 
Open source is a way to multiply the effort  you're putting into a 
project. If the value you're putting into a project is effectively 
zero, then zero is what you'll get in return. If you want to see some 
real open source advantages you have to open source a product you're 
developing and that people are actually using. Frontier would be a 
good choice. But some random unsupported project from a few years ago 
that nobody used in the first place?  That's not going to take off.

If you're serious about MacBird, then YOU need to start working on 
it. Or pay people to do so. When you've produced something usable, 
interesting, and useful to the community then other people will start 
contributing back to it. But not before then.

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