Gradual Epiphany

Continuity

I’ve been working on catching up on all the Jabber related list-mail, and I must say how proud I am, even impressed, by the continued work that can be found in the community. I can’t really say that I agree with all the technical decisions, but the fact that decisions are being made and that people are making a best effort to move forward, warms my heart.

Personally, I haven’t made many contributions to the Jabber community in a while. I’ve just been too tired and too overwhelmed with work at Ping. Someday, maybe I’ll have the time and energy to come back and contribute more to the Jabber project…

Then again, I’ve not yet decided if that’s what I want to do. For a long time, I found my identity, my value (so to speak) in the fact that I had contributed long and hard to the project. At a personal level, I’ve started to wonder if that dedication has spawned a sort of intellectual snobbery, you know, the “I’ve been working on this for X years, and know way more than you noob…” And that sort of mindset isn’t just wrong, it’s cancerous for a thriving community.

So much to think about…