Update on 0.9.4
Friday September 7th, 2001
We asked Asa for a quick status on 0.9.4's status, which was for release this weekend, and here's what he had to say:
#94 Both support and criticism needed.
by JBassford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monday September 10th, 2001 5:37 PM
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There needs to be a culture of support AND criticism. The volunteers need to know that they're doing a great job (they are) but there also needs to be an awareness that improvements could be made (they always can), there are bugs (there always are) and they need to be made aware of where these areas lie. There is always work to be done.
Also something to keep in mind is that objective criticism of Mozilla the project is not the same as personal criticism of a volunteer. You can have a team of incredibly hard working forest fire fighters struggling to put out a fire - and each one of them may be doing an amazing, super-heroic job - but that doesn't mean that the fire will be put out or the forest saved. There can be failure despite incredible effort.
I think that people who criticise need to do so in the same breath as giving praise. (Too often in our society, only the negatives are mentioned.) At the same time, the volunteers and those who DO deserve praise need to be a bit less sensitive towards objective criticism in general.