Mozilla 1.0 Released!
Tuesday June 4th, 2002
Mozilla 1.0 is here! The final 1.0 builds, representing four years of development work by the open source community, are now available for download. The release of Mozilla 1.0 makes an important statement: mozilla.org now believes that the goals specified when the project began (and since enshrined in the Mozilla 1.0 Manifesto) have been met.
#25 credits: "everyone" isn't really everyone
by bulbul <email@example.com>
Wednesday June 5th, 2002 12:19 PM
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Although i'm obviously elated over the 1.0 release, i'm a little disappointed with the credits. The Mozilla.org front page has a link to "everyone that made this possible". This points to a "Contributors" page, full of names of people who contributed code, wrote documentation, and did testing. However, this list cannot be complete. I myself have opened almost 150 bugs, some of which i spent considerable time on writing test cases and doing detective work, but i am not on the list. (I think that those 150 bugs entailed about 150-200 hours of work.) I also tested and commented on many bugs filed by other people. This should count as "testing". I'm sure there are many other people like me who were not recognized but should have been. I fully realize that i'm not a top-tier contributor, but there should be a note somewhere (such as on the Contributors page) like this:
We also extend our gratitude to the countless other individuals who contributed to Mozilla in lesser, but nonetheless significant, degrees, but who could not all be listed here.
Again, it is obvious that people who contributed patches and those who wrote code and documentation are entitled to the lion's share of the credit. But Mozilla would not be what it is without the many, many other people who contributed in smaller ways. We should also get a bit of credit for our countless collective hours of contribution, even if we're not mentioned by name. A small amount of recognition can generate an enormous amount of goodwill.
I will post this idea in a forum as soon as the forums are up again. Better yet, i guess i should file a bug.