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Response to dho leaving the CakePHP team

I’ve just finished reading dho’s goodbye message to the CakePHP team. While I may or may not agree with Daniel’s feelings of being left behind, the thing that should always matter are actual facts, not feelings.

The fact is that I was present the day CakePHP’s developers channel changed its password. At that time, it was very clear to all of us (CakePHP team) that whoever was not contributing to CakePHP as an ongoing and active project was no longer going to have access to the channel.

What’s the purpose of such decision? As PhpNut always says: to keep a clean house.

Eventhough we are all grateful to everyone who has contributed in one way or the other to CakePHP, it is of vital importance to have a clear understanding about who’s actually and currently involved in CakePHP’s development.

What does the core team of CakePHP understand as contribution? That which we all expect:

  • Actual source code contribution, by fixing current bugs, or implementing pending enhancements.
  • Writing / debugging test cases that would help fix active bugs, or prevent further bugs from happening in the future.

This is meant as no offense to Daniel or anyone else, but rather to share a different perspective. Don’t take this as the official position of the CakePHP team, just as my own humble opinion (maybe not so much ;)

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3 Comments to "Response to dho leaving the CakePHP team"

  1. Sep012007 at 1:30 am

    Tarique Sani [Visitor] wrote:

    This is not the first instance of such high handedness – your post sounds rather lame

  2. Sep012007 at 3:17 am

    Daniel Hofstetter [Visitor] wrote:

    Isn’t it a bit ironic that trac shows some contribution from my side at the same day (08/27/07) my access rights were removed, is it? Sure, this contribution wasn’t a big contribution, but it was a contribution nonetheless. Think a bit about it…

  3. Sep012007 at 4:06 pm

    mariano.iglesias [Member] wrote:

    @Tarique: And your response sounds very insightful…. NOT!

    @Daniel: I have had my rights revoked in the past for not living up to the promises I made regarding what I was going to do. Eventhough at the time I may have felt uncomfortable about such decision, I thought it was expectable and quite fair, to be honest. Because of it, I had to work twice as hard to get my rights back on. I am not judging if you did or did not do enough, I am just saying that I do think it’s fair to keep a clean house. Because if I’m not doing anything relevant (I’m not saying it’s your case) for X number of months then it’s not fair that I’m sitting on the chair (CakePHP team’s chair) that can be occupied by someone else that WILL live up to their promises.

 
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