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Dear fellow #Mastodon users. Please be patient with the people creating Mastodon and GNU Social.
Writing software takes time, and the teams working on these applications are very small.
Most of them are also wearing many hats. Some are students, others have full time non-Mastodon jobs. Some admin instances in addtion to writing code.
The Twitter kitchen probably has more people working in it than the entire #Fediverse. Please adjust your expectations accordingly! 😄
How to help FOSS devs:
If you're happy, let them know! Often most of the feedback software developers and admins get is complaints about bugs. Happy feedback motivates.
If you're unhappy, file friendly bug reports and be patient.
Some have a Patreon, where money can be donated. That reduces stress and frees up more time to focus on development.
There is also always code that needs writing or messages that need translating or documentation that needs writing.
@nododot So? How many of those people can work on it full time? How many get paid to contribute?
Having 1% of 100 people is usually significantly less effective than having 1 full time developer.
Even if I'm off by an order of magnitude, the message is still valid. This is a huge, complex project and people need to understand that changes take time.
@HerraBRE This will take time, so let´s enjoy first instead of complaning. @moke
@Shawn Agreed, but we do need to be careful with that attitude.
We don't want to ignore people's legitimate requests / bug-reports / desires just because they can't code.
Valuable insights can come from everywhere, and considering the diversity issues in geekdom we need to be careful to keep an ear open.
@HerraBRE This goes for moderation as well. Yes, we want to ban harassers. Yes, we want to prevent users from being targeted by trolls. But there are so few of us. As an instance admin for a small group, I have a pretty easy time; I know everyone who submits a report personally, and I can easily contact them out-of-band. @Gargron, for instance, does not have that luxury. Everyone is doing their best; tell us what we can do better but don't blame us for not having enough time.
@HerraBRE I think you mean they've got more structural development hours every week but that doesn't that it becomes better more quickly. The service on its own great as far as I'm concerned, so I am curious what you think needs fixing?
Btw I did notice a bug with the Android app I'm using (Tusky) where it removes all text thats been put into the text field when the app rotates (for certain from portrait to landscape, but probably also the other way as well).