Netscape 6.1 Beta 1
Tuesday June 12th, 2001
#201 Criticism in moderation...
Friday June 22nd, 2001 4:03 PM
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First off, let me simply state that I think Asa is wrong. There are things wrong with Mozilla, and it is the right - no, the DUTY - of the community to point this out. And when in their zeal someone reinterprets a lukewarm review as a glowing one, it is proper that someone should point this out.
I invite any Mozilla engineer who needs his ego stroked with a continual stream of praise and a false sense of accomplishment to leave, now. Go find some place in the Bazaar where the customers are more gullible, thanks.
A great deal has been accomplished with Mozilla, but now is not the time to say, "alright, we did it!" As far as I and much of the rest of the Mozilla-aware world is concerned, you're still playing catch-up to IE, which is not the place where a revolutionary new browser/internet platform/whatever should be.
But on the other hand, these personal and almost-personal attacks by strauss and others are, IMO, unwarranted. I don't think that we're so blinded to reality that the quality of the project is threatened. I've been aware of Mozilla since its inception and keeping an eye on it since M9 or so, and despite the fact that this sort of optimism has always been around, you can hardly argue that Mozilla hasn't made *significant* progress since those days.
You know, this "politeness" thing wastes too much time. What I really mean to say is, "all of you, SHUT UP ALREADY!"
There. Now I feel better. I should have done that in the first place.