Decision processes (was: Re: The state of the Squeak community)

Andreas Raab andreas.raab at
Sun Jan 22 01:42:58 UTC 2006

Marcus Denker wrote:
> How would a better state look like?

One of the things that I'd really like to see is a better (as in: more 
transparent and better documented) decision making process. I think that 
this is at the heart of what upsets many people (including myself) - the 
fact that nobody really knows who has decided to do X or Y and by whose 

Take 3.9 for example - to me, it's not surprising that some actions are 
perceived as somebody driving their personal agenda if even the big 
ticket items on the 3.9 TODO list have no clear indication how they 
ended up there and who decided by which means (other than screaming the 
loudest) that they'd get into that release. (the same is true for any 
past-SqC release btw - I am simply choosing 3.9 because it's the current 
one and -for me- one of the most confusing in this regard)

And that of course is part of the state of the community right now - 
namely that the processes by which these decisions happen are complete 
mysteries even to people who like to think of themselves (perhaps 
wrongly) as part of the "initiated" (like myself). I can honestly say 
that I have no idea whatsoever what the decision processes look like at 
this point.

   - Andreas

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