Mozilla’s Magnetism

July 14th, 2008

One of the great things about Mozilla is that periodically I’ll be thinking about how to get something done and then I’ll look up and find someone else has already done it, and often gone further with the idea than I would have. Dave Eaves’ post today about “The challenge of Mozilla’s magnetism” is an example. I’ve been thinking about this all weekend, writing a post in my head. But now I don’t need to, Dave’s got just about everything I was thinking about already pulled into something coherent. The first three-quarters of the post are almost exactly what I was thinking — particularly the reasons for the pull of Mozilla to so many people and the need to balance that with what strengthens our current communities.

Personally, it’s much better to hear this from Dave than to see it written by me. That’s because once it’s clear that a set of people wanting Mozilla to do more also understand the precious nature of our current communities and how strengthening them must be central, then it’s much easier to be open and responsive to ideas for expanding.

The last paragraph — a suggestion about the minimum plan Mozilla should build and execute to work with others who care about the open Internet — is really helpful. It seems so obvious when written this way — of course Mozilla should do this. We may in fact be able to do more, but we don’t need to wait to figure out how much more to get started.

2 comments for “Mozilla’s Magnetism”

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    Mark Surman said on July 15th, 2008 at 9:19 am:

    Is it worth throwing some of the ideas coming up — Eaves’ minimum plan, Boswell’s list of community tasks, etc — within the different circles to see how they look? This would allow us to use specifics to test the framework that seems to be emerging. If so, is the wiki page you created re: community a good place to try this?

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    神墓 said on July 17th, 2008 at 6:58 am:


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