[Foundation-l] Sue Gardner, Erik Möller , William Pietri: Where is FlaggedRevisions?

Brian J Mingus Brian.Mingus at Colorado.EDU
Sat Mar 6 02:14:27 UTC 2010

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 5:23 PM, Ray Saintonge <saintonge at telus.net> wrote:

> David Gerard wrote:
> > Suggestion: weekly updates (to en:wp Village Pump and wikien-l,
> > perhaps), with whatever there is to report, including nothing. People
> > hear nothing and worry and get upset - you can see the frantic
> > activity below the surface, everyone else just sees a duck sitting on
> > a pond.
> >
> Ducks sitting on a pond are just an invitation for the guy standing on
> shore with a shotgun.
> Ec

In my scientific work I find it highly beneficial to send early versions of
my analyses out to the other team members. I generally post them on our
internal wiki. This allows us to refine our ideas, to find bugs early, and
to suggest changes and new features. The best time to fix bugs and add new
features related to what you have already done is while or just after you
have finished writing that very code. If you push on with the analysis for
weeks or months without any external feedback you are ignoring many
opportunities for improvement. Trying to come back in the future and make
changes is tough - you have to refresh those ideas in your mind and relearn
your code.  I think David's suggestion is a good one for more practical
reasons than he listed. Certainly I disagree with your conclusion that this
person is just going to get peppered with criticism. The exact opposite is
true - you will receive just criticism if you lock yourself up with an
important result for months on end.

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