Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Dec 2010 23:14 UTC, submitted by drcouzelis
BeOS & Derivatives The Haiku developers are preparing to finalise which features should be present in the first official release of Haiku. "This general interest poll, is to allow you - yes you! - the opportunity to effectively express your thoughts on which features should be present in Haiku R1 (Final). For R1, a balance must be attained between delaying the release and making Haiku R1 a well polished, impressive and feature rich release."
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RE[3]: Interesting, I guess.
by aldeck on Sat 11th Dec 2010 00:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting, I guess."
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Err, as a long time Haiku contributor i feel embarrassed at the uncalled hostility you faced. Your remarks are perfectly valid and quite true, even if i'd like to put things into perspective a bit.

The poll was mainly a one person initiative that didn't receive the help it deserved, including from myself. The goal was to help selecting the features we want to include in the first stable release (R1), and help spread the work across the next alphas and betas. Like we did for previous releases, it started as a developer only poll on the development wiki with voting restricted to developers and close contributors and was thus very specific and undetailed. Though even as a developer myself, some of the items were somewhat unclear to me, but the thing is that we wanted to go fast and not spend days to develop the poll itself... it was good enough to progress in the internal discussions, and could anyway be refined in another round.

The idea then popped out on the mailing list that we might just extend the poll to a larger audience (just to see what happens really), not really to the general public, but to close followers (mailing list readers etc). The reason that it is a bit raw is mainly by lack of manpower to refine to poll for a larger public (it would've needed a specific dev to detail and "sell" each item). This is also the first time we ever did a public poll and were expecting to learn from it for the next one.

And if it might help to remove some confusion and frustration, the person publishing the article isn't related to the project and might have unwillingly exposed the poll to a unexpected audience. The people calling you troll aren't part of the project either and probably didn't understand half of the questions, how much work they represent, what problem they solve or what perspective they offer.

(and sorry for the bad english)

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