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[Nmh-workers] Volunteer Capacity.

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: [Nmh-workers] Volunteer Capacity.
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:57:52 +0100

Hi Thomas,

> You make it sound like the lack of capacity stemming from the
> volunteer nature of the project is bad. I disagree. nmh could never
> exist as a commercial project because it's too good and simple; in a
> company developing nmh, the workers would have to add lots of garbage
> features because otherwise nmh wouldn't look fancy enough and the
> workers wouldn't be working enough.

It's bad because nmh's source needs a lot of clean up, at small and
large scale, due to decades of changing expectations, conventions, and
bit rot.  And tests to help spot regressions in doing that.

"Lack of capacity" for this is a problem, especially as it often needs
discussion on:  what can be broken because it is unlikely to still be
used;  and what should be deprecated for the next release and removed in
the one after thus delaying the wart's removal and hampering surrounding
clean up in the meantime.  These necessary interruptions can cause one's
capacity to expire as the need to earn some shekles reasserts.

Capacity isn't normally lacking for tacking a small personal favourite
feature onto the morass.  :-)

Cheers, Ralph.

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