It sounds to me like you are primed to accept the "Worse is
Better" ideology. See "Worse is Better" for more
For what it is worth, I don't buy the "Worse is Better"
ideology. I just think you are biting off too much in
the first round. I think "Worse is Better" goes too far
the other direction and all you need is some pragmatism
and self control. (:
I also don't see this as a necessary problem of open
source. Your problem is just trying to spin too many
plates at once (at least this early in the project).
Sure, some manager could tell you to focus on "just this"
and you'd probably get something working. But why not
enjoy the fact that you can tell yourself what part
you want to focus on and you'll still get something
Just because you don't have a pointy-haired manager looking
over your shoulder doesn't mean you don't need some "focus".
Be glad that you get to pick the focus, but pick
(but my friends call me "Tye")