|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
Re^2: Throw your money at tye! (open?)by tye (Sage)
|on Mar 14, 2003 at 06:20 UTC||Need Help??|
Yes, the PM source is not public because (in large part) we haven't done a full security audit so obscurity1 has great value for now. But it is available to lots of Everything developers. They are free to take any bits that they want and I sometimes point out bits that I think they should take. We also get bits from them (especially from jaybonci) and are thankful for them.
If the node cache gets rewritten, that would certainly be an important thing to try to get wedged into standard Everything so I think that would happen and I would help to make it happen. (And we haven't changed the node cache so I think it would also be very easy to do.)
I personally haven't merged anything into Everything so far. In part because I think PerlMonks and Everything are going in different directions on some things. Some have expressed interest in merging them, but I honestly don't see that as practical based on attempts and discussions I've seen so far. I'm certainly not opposed to it, in principle.
As for contributing, others have addressed that. I'm not overly comfortable with my joke coming to life, but I'm not fighting because I honestly appreciate the generosity expressed and I think it could end up giving the site (and probably other Everything sites) a whole lot more room in the resources department and benefit me as well (I'd enjoy the work; I wouldn't be buying toys or such, I'd be "buying" time from others).
Certainly, if you don't feel completely comfortable about the idea, then I very much don't want you contributing (if "the fund" actually happens).- tye
1Yes, I understand about "security through obscurity". Let me quote myself from about a year ago in a non-public forum:
I was hoping to post a reply to the latest call for free-for-all access to the PM source. [ but didn't find the time ]That is a little out of context, not exactly on topic, and perhaps worded a little more bluntly than I would normally do in a public node, but I'd wanted to state basically that in public so I'm glad for this opportunity.