A mini flame war last night on identi.ca between a bug reporter and a developer (not Ubuntu-related) kept popping into my mind throughout my day today. It was basically over the old “As a Developer I Code for ME” argument in response to a bug report.
Now, I am an end-user, and not a developer so this may seem like a bias. I don’t think so. Here’s why:
A user who reports bugs, responds to help requests, or reports bugs, or in any other method of helping improve the community is by their actions implicitly agreeing to become a de-facto member of that community. This often implies a certain conduct and set of responsibilities, such as we have here with the CoC.
Now, developers may or may not be coding for their own reasons, and each one of you have different itches to scratch. But by working on a project that is part of a larger group or community, you are also implicitly agreeing to be part of that group and therefore have certain responsibilities as well. This may mean that end-users are an integral part of the project’s ecosystem, whether you are doing things for yourself or not. That also often means that end-users shouldn’t be ignored or discounted unless they are being rude or mean.
Enough of my rant, now for some gratuitous pics of my ‘kids’ 🙂
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