[Squeakfoundation][SqF][Modules] IMPORTANT: Progress report and changes

Henrik Gedenryd squeakfoundation@lists.squeakfoundation.org
Sat, 18 May 2002 16:48:00 +0100

This is a long overdue report about the (non-)progress of the modules

When the modules code I had written went into the update stream in January,
I made it clear that I would have limited time to work on this project in
the future, and that it was and is ESSENTIAL that people contribute. (By
January, the code had already been lying around without progress since early

>From the beginning this has been meant as a collaborative project. Dozens
and dozens of people on this list have talked about how important this
project is. Still, contributions have been minimal. By contributions I mean
stuff that has the quality to go into the update stream.

Recently I also heard veteran Squeakers say that they intentionally take a
wait-and-see approach, hoping that "problems will go away". I know of no
facility that makes problems go away by themselves.

I also see people posting lists of things they want, with no commitment to
contribute them. Who do you expect to write this code? I think I know the
answer to that.

Even though I've been very clear that I only have minor opportunities to
work more on this, people seem to expect me to do all the work. Let me state
this again: I will not do any more work on the modules.

To make this clear, I resign from the SqF modules project now with immediate
effect. Hopefully this will make the point to people that I will not drive
this forward in the future. Do not expect me to make any more contributions.
If you want this to move forward you have to do the work. I will not do it.
I have already done much more than I committed to do when I started. I have
no interest in programming modules, other than that I want to use the
results, much like others here. I do not enjoy doing this work. I especially
do not like the slandering and backstabbing that has occurred, sometimes
from people who I thought more of. It is time for the rest of the Squeak
community to put their money where their mouths are, or where they have been
in the past at least.

I believe that the result of this will be that no further contributions are
made, and the effort will die, in spite of all the promises and all the
talk. Please prove me wrong.