"I am surprised [...] by how heartless the discussion has been."I should note that I did have some help editing this down from my original post. Turns out I tend to write inflammatory statements that don't help get me point across. Who knew? Anyway, thanks to all of you who helped me out there!
My full post is below (with a few links added and plaintext formatting converted to HTML formatting):
On Monday, April 14, 2014 4:52:53 PM UTC-4, Nicholas Nethercote wrote:I don't have much else to say beyond that (besides thanks for reading this far!)
> The technical aspects of this decision have been discussed to death,> so I won't say anything about that. I am surprised, however, by how> heartless the discussion has been.I agree, the technical bits have solutions suggested by Joshua and others, but the non-technical parts of this discussion have left me disheartened and confused with the Mozilla community.Personally, I dislike the amount of Mozilla Corporation goals focus in this thread. Can we have a discussion as a larger community? Why must it focus on Corporate goals? I'm not part of the corporation, I don't really care what its goals are or are not. I care about Mozilla, I care about providing high-quality free, open source software . And no, I'm not talking about Firefox. I'm talking about Thunderbird. I understand that Mozilla's goals are Firefox and Firefox OSAt the Summit I had a few conversations with people about "on-boarding" new employees and getting them to understand how the community works and that interacting with the community in a positive manner is an important part of Mozilla. I don't remember the exact context, but part of it wasPlease don't see this as an "employees vs. volunteers" argument. I believe that I'm expected to live up to these same goals. If I, as a volunteer, can help an employee achieve his goals; I'm
more than willing, no...I'm EXPECTED to do that. I think this is a two-way relationship that must be fostered. It has seemed to me that over the past couple of years that I've been hanging around here there's been less and less focus on the community and more and more on the Corporation.I understand Thunderbird and SeaMonkey may not be important to you, but it is important to ! (who contribute to Thunderbird When Mozilla stopped directly supporting development of Thunderbird it was widely announced that "Thunderbird is dead!".