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Some of this is new, a bit of it is quite old, ‘cause I do my link roundups by hand…

[O]ne core fundamental of the ASF which is often misunderstood is the idea of “community over code”.

Some people take this to mean is that as long as the community is healthy, then it doesn’t matter whether the code is good or not. This is, of course, total crud. The phrase does not mean that at all, nor is that the intent of the ASF as well. Instead, the slogan refers to a basic truth that has long been proven, time and time again within the ASF (and elsewhere); That a healthy community creates world-class code. It also implies the necessary corollary: That unhealthy communities do not create sustainable world-class code. The key word is “sustainable”.

[…] A healthy community fosters and creates good, viable, sustainable code. Ergo: community over code.

This is a very interesting experiment. The HTML and PDF versions of the peer-reviewed OM articles are not publicly editable, and will always be available for reading or reference no matter what users do to the modifiable version on the wiki. That should answer any worries that wikification will degrade quality. Now the question is whether wikification will improve quality.

This quality ratchet is a simple idea with significant consequences. It should enable riskfree experimentation with all sorts of Web 2.0 innovations, social networking, and collaborative research and writing. Some will fail to add value. That doesn’t matter. The point is not that all experiments will succeed but that this simple idea frees us to experiment.

14 June, 2009 •


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