[Koha] Going completely on-line with Koha
mjr at dsl.pipex.com
Tue Dec 23 23:33:05 NZDT 2003
On 2003-12-23 02:04:53 +0000 ed sharpe <esharpe at uswest.net> wrote:
> perhaps we could also hope that there are some programmers on this
> for purely altruistic reasons and not trying to milk $$ from each
> line of
> code.... sometimes things need to get done just for the pure reason
> need to get done....
I am quite uphappy about this email. I may as well write that "we
could also hope that there are some librarians who work for purely
altruistic reasons and not trying to milk $$ from each collection". We
all know that programmers need money to live, just like librarians, so
why be so hostile to the idea?
Library free software interests me. There are some libraries which are
real assets to their communities and could benefit from it, but I have
no grant funding any more. I have to make money to live and koha-based
projects are part of that. There is a lot of koha work that I do for
free, including things that "need to get done" but no-one will pay
for. I cannot afford to help everyone for free, so I pick a few things
at a time which look like fun, good ideas and worthwhile. I hope that
someone appreciates it, even if you don't.
The paid work is on top of that, extra to the time that I would spend
on koha anyway. If we've no paid work on koha, that time gets filled
with other paid work because it has to be. Payment brings extra
programmer time to koha. (Don't worry about my email writing: I type
very quickly.) Those priorities are determined by what the payer
wants, so if your idea doesn't get worked on for free and it's
important to you, consider trying it commercially.
Maybe smecc can't afford to do that. I can't find details about staff
or funding on its web site. Off the top of my head, I can't recall
what they contributed or offered to koha. A quick search for smecc on
the lists gives the LoC request many times, including some BLOCK CAPS
SHOUTING, links to other projects, and an unhelpful "we're not using
koha" reply to a survey, cc'd to the developers (to annoy them?). I
think people wanting free help need to be more open about their
institution and reasons, and nicer to potential helpers. I suspect it
will be the same with any of Pat's suggested groups. No-one donates to
people who offend them, even a charity.
> (remember folks to make it print out the library of congress catalog
> instead of the Dewey number it is just one field you are dealing
> with! )
I don't know/remember what's required for this. I probably won't do it
unless I need it, because I've other things to do and it now makes me
think of this unhappy exchange. I think you should reconsider your
methods of motivating people. Maybe you can find out what has to be
done and record it on bug report 498.
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