[Foundation-l] Why is MediaWiki so low-tech?
gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Sun Jan 7 20:37:23 UTC 2007
Gordon Joly schreef:
> At 17:49 +0000 7/1/07, Virgil Ierubino wrote:
>> If lack of developers and money is the only problem then why not be more
>> WIKI about it?
> Money pays for servers. Developers work for nothing.
You would be surprised how many developers make a living programming and
maintaining MediaWiki. It is also very much NOT according to the
philosophy of the Free Software Foundation that programmers should not
be paid. They are entitled to all the money they can earn.
I would also not want to say that our volunteer developers work for
nothing.. They work to make a difference, and they do. The thing is
there are "demands" for all kinds of functionality and much of this does
not materialise. It does not happen because there are too few
developers. It happens because they are volunteers too and they do what
they like to do (and who would blame them?). The big projects that are
wished for take a LOT of time and it helps a lot when the work can be
done in a limited timespan as it makes the work more effective and economic.
So please, there are many big projects that the WMF wants to develop.
They do not happen because there are no developers. Given the problems
raising sufficient funds, we are not able to do the things that were
planned in the way we hoped we were able to.
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