[wp-hackers] Community Views on Now and the Future
ryan at boren.nu
Sun Mar 5 04:48:41 GMT 2006
Mark Jaquith wrote:
> I think we're going in the right direction, for the most part. To be
> honest, without Matt and Ryan acting as a reality check, a lot of
> "bridge burning" code would be going in (and coming out) of WordPress.
Right now we have a funnel commit policy, and I, for the most part, am
the end of the funnel. This is mainly to avoid having such bridge
burning arguments happen in the repository rather than in ticket
comments. But, we have several regular and trusted contributors now,
many of whom I consider authoritative in certain areas of the code. I
wouldn't mind opening up commit access to them. I know Matt and others
like having a narrow funnel, even if not necessarily me, but I wouldn't
mind broadening the funnel.
> That might be fine for us PHP jockey types, but not for the general
> users of WordPress. WordPress has a huge user base, and (perhaps
> unfortunately), that requires that we always be mindful of how our
> changes will affect existing users. While I've always been open to a
> more authoritative role in development, I do not envy Matt or Ryan one
> bit for the decisions they have to make for the benefit of WP's
> userbase, against the wishes of the WP development community. It's a
> thankless job, (and apparently one that's driving Ryan to the bottle!) :-D
Every feature we've ever added and every decision we've made has been
met with resistance, some of it hysterical and threatening. I dread
reading my email some days.
It's hard to know if you're doing the right thing. Sometimes you have
to go for it and be ready to correct mistakes once history shows you
were wrong. Now where did I set my glass of wine? :-)
> The Trac mailing list is one of the best things to happen to WordPress
> in quite a while. Seriously. And Trac tickets have now become places
> for in-depth discussions of patches. Trac tickets no longer feel like
> life rafts hoping that they'll run into a passing ship. MichaelH and
> Ryan (Boren) had an amazing back-and-forth over the course of about 4
> days with nearly 30 messages posted and 12 patch revisions put up!
That was exciting and definitely a high point. I hope we can do more of
that. It will take discipline from those with commit access (me).
Sometimes I work on something and want to push into the repository so
people can try it out, especially during the early alpha phase when
we're experimenting and the code is flying. I need contain my
excitement and make sure others look things over first.
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