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david hyatt isn't shy about giving his two cents with regards to the source of some of mozilla's woes:

"With all of this precious talent spread so thin, teams end up getting filled out with mediocre engineers and talentless hacks, and every application is doomed before you even write the first line of code. With so many modules and projects, each of which require strong leadership and direction, it's inevitable that many of those modules end up helmed by people who had no business being in charge of that area of code in the first place.

This problem also applies in the open source community, where the level of contributors varies widely. Mozilla has non-Netscape contributors that have been given checkin access to the tree that have no business being let anywhere near a computer. The argument for access was always, "But this idiot from Netscape is allowed to checkin, and I can't?" and so the lowered bar at Netscape resulted in a lowered bar for the rest of the world.

The only way Mozilla is going to become a strong product IMO is if many fewer people are allowed to check in."
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8/01/2002 11:39:00 PM 0 comments


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