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LazyWeb and RSS: Given Enough Eyeballs, Are Features Shallow Too?

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by Clay Shirky 01/07/2003 A persistent criticism of open source software is that it is more about copying existing features than creating new ones. While this criticism is overblown, the literature of open source is clearer on debugging than on design. This note concerns an attempt to apply debugging techniques to feature requests and concludes by describing Ben Hammersley's attempt to create such a system, implemented as an RSS feed. A key observation in Eric Raymond's The Cathedral...n


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