Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Dec 2009 00:13 UTC
Gnome In the item we ran yesterday about GNOME and the GNU Project, one aspect got snowed under a little bit. It turns out a claim made in the iTWire article about the role a blog post by Miguel De Icaza was false, and even though the claim wasn't ours, I did repeat it, and therefore, should correct it too. I also need to offer apologies for not framing the opening of the article clear enough - had I framed it better, a lot of pointless discussion and name-calling could've been avoided.
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RE[5]: Be very careful
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 16th Dec 2009 16:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Be very careful"
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This is OSNews, a news site, not a blog.

Thank you, for informing us, longtime owners and editors of this site, what our own site is.

We used to be a glorified RSS feed. Last January, this changed. If you miss the old days, there's nothing I can do for you. We cannot be everything to everyone. We decided to cover the same topics, but in a different way. This was not an easy decision (took well over 18 months to get there), but it was made anyway.

You have the freedom to get your news elsewhere. That might sound like I don't care about what you think, but that's not what I mean. What I mean is that it is impossible to please everyone while still having fun on our own. Remember, OSNews is a volunteer effort, and the glorified RSS feed mode was not something that brought any of us any sense of fulfilment or accomplishment. A trained frakking monkey could do that. We didn't like doing it. Had we stayed on that course, we would've thrown in the towel, ending OSNews. Is that what you would've preferred?

All this is actually remarkably similar to Haiku, for which you do a lot of valuable volunteer work. How do you respond to people barging into the Haiku mailing lists, telling you that he wants Haiku to be/act like Xyz because that's what he believes Haiku should be? Are you going to give in to his every demand, or do you tell him "Sorry, but we have different plans. Haiku is a volunteer effort, so we cannot give in to your every wish"?

I can guess what you'd say.

In the end, OSNews is a volunteer effort that takes up 3-5 hours of my day. This means that OSNews should be fun for me and the other team embers, because why else would we spend so much time on it?

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