[vlc-devel] Update on the VLC project
rob at hobbyistsoftware.com
Wed May 16 07:48:55 CEST 2012
> - Avoiding simple unfriendliness that damages the community: sometimes
> it goes fast, harsh replies can arise in 10-line IRC conversations or
> fashion. I suggest that a couple people be mandated to facilitate a
> nice and constructive discussion in these cases. Nothing too formal,
> I may be wrong but being mandated as such could help people step in,
+1 on this.
I think it is a great shame that VLC leaks developers who could make a
positive contribution due to the unfriendly nature of criticism on
I'm thinking of one developer in particular who was making a really
positive contribution, but who left after being called an idiot. I'm
sure there are many more.
One of my former employers had a 'rule' for interactions. 'Assume
Given that most people are contributing in their spare time - it seems
like a good rule of thumb for this project. When someone sends a patch
with an 'obvious' error in it, it is probably because they don't
understand - rather than because they want to harm the project. Their
intention is probably to improve VLC, and they have probably put in a
bunch of effort in order to get as far as submitting their first
They are probably not idiots either - even if their code is obviously
wrong to people who know the project intimately.
It does take a littler longer to explain and help them rather than
just call them an idiot (or reply in such scathing tone as to make
them feel like one).
I think the project suffers from the fact that some developers choose
not to take this extra time.
Having a person with an official role to step in could help a lot.
e.g. "Rob, that was harsh - please apologise to Bob; He's new, and
trying to help'
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