questions about project schedule and feature set
First of all, I’d like to say – probably in the name of many many others – that this project is awesome, and the work you guys are doing is so valuable to us, it’s hard to put in words.
However, I see that some people are getting frustrated about waiting, so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to share my personal fears about the project, maybe I’m not the only one with these thoughts, and its always a good idea to clear up confusion.
So here are the things I’m afraid of:
“in a few months BP-Media will probably contain more source code than WordPress” – foxly
Statements like this always scare the crap out of me. I’m not a developer, but it seems pretty obvious to me that debugging something as big as an elephant can be pretty tricky. Moreover, I’m pretty sure 90 percent of the people waiting for buddypress media to be released only expect it to do what album+ already does, with youtube embed and mp3 support added. It’s nice to revolutionize the database system, good to have transcoding, user roles, and all the magic, but if you already have more code than wordpress and more features planned than any other product ever produced, and you still didn’t release an alpha yet, I start to be afraid that maybe you are losing focus.
2.features in alpha, release date and priorities
This is more like a question. Mp3 pseudo-streaming and the whole group-albums functionality will be left out from the alpha release if I’m not mistaken. (looking at the project schedule graph on google code) it is not entirely clear when mp3 support will be added. Is it only in the full version? Also, alpha release was said to be in august, but the deadline was removed from pivotal tracker, and someone not familiar with that service – me included – might have the impression that it’s now after october 31, as it appears on the bottom of the scheduled tasks list. It is also unclear to me when you will resume on nightly builds.
Either way, I think the more you talk about the extreme size of the code, and the less releases you do, the more frustration you will get. Nobody expects the alpha release to solve all the world’s problems.
I see you are making more and more efforts to communicate the work and give us some insight about what is happening. The reason I wrote this post was to help you is dealing with this. I realize it is an extremely hard task to manage all this with such a small team, your task should be to write code, not to deal with impatient leechers of free stuff. But this can also help you track real needs, so it’s not that useless.
Again, I’m not a developer, so I might have misunderstood any details, but then I guess many people here are just the same, so its important to clear up things for the less technical audience as well.
Again, thanks for all the effort, we really appreciate it.
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