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Re: [tdf-discuss] The Floppy icon and meritocracy


Hello Pedro,

2012/2/8 Pedro <pedlino@gmail.com>

Hi all

I just read the UX thread/sequence of emails where it was decided that the
universal Save icon (in any program, any OS) represented by a floppy disk
would be replaced by another icon.

I'm shocked that a Discuss topic where 54 messages from many people
(several
of them opposing and presenting valid arguments against) was totally
dismissed because someone decided that it was time to change and the main
argument was that "it was outdated".

This is not about the floppy icon itself or a criticism to who decided to
change it. It is about the process. If this is meritocracy then it sucks! A
little democracy would go a long way to build a community. Communities
don't
behave like this.

(Disappointed) Regards,
Pedro


You mentioned you read the discuss thread, but have you read the thread(s)
on the design list as well? FYI that's where it was decided although I
would agree it was far from clear even there. This being said and at the
risk of sounding evil and stubborn: FOSS has never been about demoracy.
It's limited democracy at best, that is, democracy narrowed to a very
defined set of decisions, with a strong meritocracy making up for most of
everything and *sigh* documented processes. I'm afraid this time we skipped
the documented process part. Please bear with us ;-)

Best,
Charles.

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