Dear Weather, please make up your mind.
- All sorts of fun going on with Flickr and JPGMag. There are some great lessons to learn here about running a site that’s based on a community of users. Flickr reacted fairly quickly to stem the tide and I think they did a great job dealing with the problem. I think JPG’s finally coming around to the same neighborhood. Either way, it has been interesting to follow. Quick take on lessons I learned:
- Be as transparent as possible. If you do something, explain why. Listen to the reactions. Participate in the ensuing discussion. A lack of participation is often seen as lacking to care about the community.
- People remember prior interactions with people at the company. Getting to know your community and gaining their respect goes a long way when things go south. Strive to be honest, forthright, and polite. Don’t be a dick.
- Folks tend to be accepting of mistakes as long as you come clean, apologize, and explain what’s being done to prevent it from happening again.
- Your community is a bit like stockholders in a public company, except instead of voting directly, they vote via participation, and participation is their currency.
- More beating up DnD. Looks like the dojo.dnd is busted in some manner; the map on the the container isn’t getting filled in. Emails in to uhop to see what the story is.
- We’ve been working a generic method of exposing a server-side Model as JSON to a Clearsilver template. For now, we’re just exposing some extra stuff in the HDF tree, preformatted as JSON. Started work on a generic Clearsilver macro to do HDF->JSON, but there are some concerns about having two methods of turning a Model into JSON, one direct, one via HDF. Works for what we need now.
- Pulled in Dojo trunk again. I need to send the author of svn_load_dirs like a hundred beers.