[Foundation-l] Community, collaboration, and cognitive biases

John Vandenberg jayvdb at gmail.com
Thu Jun 10 23:01:50 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jun 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM, Aryeh Gregor
<Simetrical+wikilist at gmail.com> wrote:
> Is vendor-to-customer development more efficient than peer-to-peer in
> the end?  A lot of open-source projects (e.g., Firefox) have as many
> features as their closed-source counterparts, on a much smaller
> budget.
> ...
>...  Empirically, this seems like a very
> effective approach for organizations that don't have much money, like
> Wikimedia or Mozilla.  Open-source software is turned out on far lower
> budgets than typical commercial software.

Mozilla is an excellent example of a non-profit organisation who also
have a similar policy of expecting their staff to do their work out in
the open, and they regularly recruit from within their community.

Read more about their governance, etc here


See point 8 of the Mozilla Manifesto


"8. Transparent community-based processes promote participation,
accountability, and trust."

You can see a list of their mailing lists here:


.. including a vibrant list about governance ;-)


They do have private lists as well, and (had?) a private bug database
for in-the-wild security issues, however these are subject to review


John Vandenberg

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