Seigo: On Introducing New Ideas to Free Software Communities


Aaron Seigo offers some advice on how to approach a development community with a new idea. “There is a saying that goes, ‘it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission’. However, when it when comes to introducing plans and ideas to a community, this is often very bad advice. It too easily puts people into a position where they feel a binding decision has already been made on their behalf, and when that happens people often stop listening effectively and start talking loudly. This is, needlessly to say, not good for communication.

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