Assemblany: Towards Democratic Corporations

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Fribitzberry - proposals update, week 53

Well, here's the latest on the proposals that got in and the new proposals for this week. Thank God for the rule that any proposals (not concerned solely with Workers) need to be seconded by at least 5 Voters - that's cut down on the volume a lot over the past month, so we only see (relatively) serious proposals now.

Of the proposals that did get in, I'm particularly happy with the proposal to clarify the language on our "what we do" web page. The previous version was way too tech-heavy, with all its talk about "Web2.1", "AJAZ", "REIFY", "written in Lobar", and "using the NEPHRITIS engine"; that's all been moved to the "technology" index page. Instead it's just focussing on fribitzing of rogenthumps, including splendiferric rogenthumps, which after all is what the customers care about, not what code is sitting on the server (or "behind the curtain" as someone said in the discussion of this proposal). They just want it to work.

Someone's made a new proposal that security and robustness should be prioritised ahead of new features; as a tester, I have to agree. We've got way too many defects at the moment, and need to focus on fixing them now. Looks like the customers recognise this as well :/ - well, I guess if that's what they want (and we'll see next week), that's what they get - the customer is always right, particularly at Fribitzberry.

Also, looks like it's time for elections to official positions again. I'm not standing for Social Events Co-ordinator again after the debacle with the canoeing afternoon ... Actually, it'd be great to get some volunteer support for that from a non-Worker Voter. I guess I should probably volunteer for Rule Engine Maintainer ... Tom needs a break, and the Rule Engine isn't that different from our product, really, so it's not too much to learn. I should nominate Tom for the Selfless Hero(ine) award, though - after 5 months of maintaining the rules through our growth spurt, he deserves to be recognised.

And that's all the rules-related comments I have for this week; tune in next week for more. (And/or some comments on my tests, which are more frustrating than ever.)

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