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Sunday, July 31, 2005

An osCommerce Committee ?

Over in Carine's Official osCommerce Blog, devosc raised a good point for discussion:

I would even suggest that an 'osCommerce Committee' be formed where these members are elected by the community and they are the community's collective voice to whom the 'team' must respond or be responsible to.
There are some problem areas, one of them being that the "Team" appears aloof and takes little to no notice of the Community. Ideas and suggestions raised are routinely ignored or hysterically stamped upon (even if those ideas would benefit the Community). And why? Because the "Team" is answerable to nobody.

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At 8/02/2005 06:38:00 PM, Blogger mikeq said...

Well you know what they say, A camel was a horse designed by a committee.

I'm not sure a committee is the way forward and probably would slow the project even more than it is at present.

And to be honest the development team (Harald) dont need to be answerable to anyone. Yes most of us would like them to be more open and flexible about certain things but they dont need to.

It may be that they could benefit from different managment to help focus the development. I dont think allocating resource to changing the support sites was in the best interest of getting the actual product out.

At 8/02/2005 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Gary B. said...

I think that a panel of Shop Owners would be a good idea to help with future development of osCommerce - after all, I think that none of the Development "Team" actually do run shops...so are not at the sharp end of E-Commerce.

Have to agree with you about the allocation of human resources recently.

At 8/02/2005 10:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a panel, if thats the word is required, of some form. Here I sort of have the notion that in doing so, would share and open up the running of osCommerce, in that the teams role is to instigate the objectives, and the panels role would be more of an advisory or managemental type.. Reasoning behind this is the notion of allowing those, or rather, more, focus to then occur in particular areas... its like anything really sometimes one gets just too bogged down into something (i.e. focused) and other matters or resources etc go un-noticed etc...

Since it has been stated that the sponsorship program does now actually financially support the full-time attention of one of the developers, then there is even more reason why the team/osCommerce should be responsible to some form of body... in fact, imo, it would raise the bar (if accepted?) in the amount of sponsorship... Lets face it, people require something tangible in return for providing financial backing, some may not even be interested in advertizing but simply need to know that the job is being done etc..

There should be no reason why forks or being told to go else where should occur, since it is an open source application, the resources available to it could be limitless, simply by having a correct structure... here, imo, a comparison could be to that of PEAR itself etc...how a product is then distributed is a slightly different matter, but as recently highlighted there is no one size fits all solution etc...


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