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- Subject: Re: Luaforge redesign, data crisis, project management, and a partridge in a pear tree..
- From: "Stuart P. Bentley" <stuart@...>
- Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:39:34 -0700
If wouldn't be too much of a burden to him, I think the most logical choice
for project manager would be Andre, seeing as how it's pretty much his site.
From: "Jim Whitehead II" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 P2:16
To: "Lua list" <email@example.com>
Subject: Luaforge redesign, data crisis, project management, and a partridge
in a pear tree..
I sincerely apologize for the new topic, but I want to ensure that
anyone who might have muted the otherthread (it's up to 97 responses
at this point) gets a chance to read this. Fernando just raised some
points in his last response that I wanted to clarify.
When the Luaforge server first went down, we entered crisis mode. It
was unclear how long it would take to get the site back up and running
and it showed the entire community a deficiency in our infrastructure.
As a community, we have come to rely quite heavily on the site, as
evidenced by the periodic downtime this year and the most recent
crash. Thanks to the Andre, Alessandro and everyone else involved,
portions of the website have been restored. As far as I am aware the
faulty hardware has been replaced and while in the short term we need
a better backup solution, I wouldn't consider us to be in crisis mode
any longer. We're no more aware of the possibility of a crash than we
were the last time Andre warned us, it's just fresher in our minds!
Secondly, although my actions over the past four days may have
indicated otherwise, I am not (at this point) assuming the role of
project manager for our discussion and redesign. I happened to be the
one who took notes at our meeting in Rio and when I landed in the U.S,
I didn't see any responses from those people, so I took the initiative
and tried to corral everyone into a more appropriate location.
This long term project is less than a week old, and I think it's a bit
premature to be deciding what role everyone will have in the project.
There are people who might not have been reading the mailing list this
week that might like to be involved, for example. I'm more than happy
to act as project manager, but if that prevents other people from
being involved in the project due to interpersonal conflicts, I am
happy to step aside and let someone else lead while still helping the
project in any way I can.
For right now, I just ask that we all take a step back and breathe.
Whatever the complexity of the solution, it's going to take time and a
number of iterations in order to get to a point where it's usable as a
replacement for G-Forge. Starting tomorrow (so I have a remote chance
of enjoying the remainder of my weekend), I'm going to try and start
an architectural/design discussion somewhere. Then we will have a
concrete place to list precisely what we want on the site, without
getting bogged down with the specific details of implementation.
I'd like to (again) extend an invitation for anyone who is interested
in the future development of <insert site name here> to join the
luaforge-development mailing list  at Google Groups. Of course any
release announcements or preliminary designs may be made here, we
should try to restrict active discussion about the site to the mailing
Thanks for your patience with me,