Over the past few weeks I've realised that I've completely lost all
enthusiasm for OpenGuides. This is a bad thing, and it needs fixing.
Part of the problem is that I'm really not very well right now, and I
could very much do with handing off some of my responsibilities.
The thing that I'm finding hardest at the moment is being the release
manager/kwalitee assurer/whatever for OpenGuides. There are several
people with CVS commit rights, and that means that before I make a
release I have to make sure of a whole pile of things, for example
that people's changes work smoothly together, that nobody is going off
in a completely bogus direction, that implementation decisions are
made sensibly, that the code is no more complicated than is necessary
to get the job done, that documentation is kept up to date, that new
code is thoroughly tested, and that old tests still pass. And so on.
I let 0.41 escape with a failing test, and this is yet another
indicator that I'm getting tired. I need to pass on overall
responsibility for OpenGuides to someone else, at least for a couple
of months. However this leaves me with a problem - who?
It seems to me that although there are several people connected with
the project who are exceedingly enthusiastic about OpenGuides, and
likewise several people who I feel could take this task over from me,
these groups don't overlap at all. In other words, I don't think any
of the people who are likely to want to take over from me are quite
ready for it just yet, and I don't think any of the people who could
handle the job are likely to both want it and have time to do it.
(I'm not going to get into an argument with anyone over whether
they're up to this task. Please trust my judgement. However if you
think you could do it and you think I've overlooked you solely due to
underestimating your enthusiasm for OpenGuides or free time to work on
it, please drop me a private mail.)
So it looks like we're probably going to have to start trying to
recruit someone who's not currently hooked on OpenGuides - find
somebody competent and *get* them hooked. Unless one of you clever
people can come up with another solution.
Comments and discussion welcomed and encouraged - the sooner we start
sorting this out the better, both for me and for the project.
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