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It’s not their problem

Dear Reader,

Open Source project leaders and community conference organizers share one thing in common. EVERYBODY knows how to do what they do and do it better. I know because I’ve sat in both chairs.

It is amazing to me how many people understand the intricacies of complex problems enough to suggest new ideas or features that will solve their problem.

That’s the thing, though. In both cases – FOSS and conferences – the projects were setup to solve the problem that the founders saw. Your problem may not be their problem, and that’s ok.

If a project doesn’t solve your problem, fork it and make it solve your problem.

If the conference doesn’t do things the way you want it to, start your own conference.


If both of those sound too difficult – because they are – instead of berating the founders for not solving your problem, offer to solve the problem for them.

Yes, that’s right, if you want your problem solved, you need to solve it. It is your problem, not theirs.

Stop dog-piling on people that are just trying to solve a problem, start helping them solve yours.

Until next time,
I <3 |<