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Re: Tech Docs and Consultants

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Tech Docs and Consultants
Date: 2003-04-15 18:58:07
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<Tirade Warning>

> - Requiring submitters to understand CVS. But honestly, I'm not sure 
> about the quality of any tech document written by someone who doesn't.

Aha, now the "geekier than thou" attitude comes through.

One of the things that we could desperately use for TechDocs, for example, is 
an article like "Creating An Mail Merge document from a 
PostgreSQL database."   In what way does the author of such a document need a 
knowledge of CVS?

Or take the Book Review page.   How does a knowledge of CVS have *any* bearing 
on how good the book reviews are?

Pardon my tirade, but I've been seeing this attitude not just from Scott, but 
from lots of people on this list and on -Hackers as well.   The attitude is 
"If you're not a top geek, we don't want you in our club."  The problem with 
this attitude is that top geeks only constitute .0002% of the population, and 
only about 5% of the software developers.

Projects, and companies, that forget that end up being sidelined by teams that 
take a more populist approach.   Witness the success of MS Access.

As far as I am concerned, the main purpose of TechDocs should *not* be to 
support PostgreSQL Programmers.   They can join Hackers and read the source 
code.   We need TechDocs to support the less technical users ... which other 
users can do on a peer-to-peer basis, *IF* they are not required to become 
"top geeks" before they are allowed entrance into the hollowed halls of our 
exclusive club.

There are certainly people in our community who prefer PostgreSQL as a small 
OSS project with a limited membership.   I respect that; we have a very nice 
group and I don't really look forward to the kind of community management 
headaches that popular projects like have.   However, I am an 
independant consultant, and if PostgreSQL gets sidelined by MySQL, I will be 
forced to use MySQL to support my customers.  I don't want that to happen.

<end tirade>

-Josh Berkus
 Aglio Database Solutions
 San Francisco

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