jamesh wrote:I guess they can scream away. As a charitable organisation, with limited funds for things like this (otherwise, there wouldn't be any £1M fund for teaching/learning), consultants are not exactly on the shopping list. People should realise this is not multimillion $ company trying to entice customers with a hugely expensive website. It's a charity with better things to spend it's money on.
Please don't pull that card James - you and I both know very well that several of us here have offered help if the site was open sourced. Money doesn't even come into it. Too many 'charity' projects try pulling this card when something goes wrong - blaming it on funds when theres an army of volunteers screaming to help.
After the event....everyone volunteers. After the event. And people need to realise that the organisation of a 'crowd sourced' project is a complete nightmare - just look at Linux and Linus' recent problems. Would you, as a volunteer, be willing to spend 5 hours a day in the Raspberry Pi office? No? How many hours *would* you be willing to put in on the project? 100? 200?
I'm a volunteer on the camera apps. There's a reason why they have a list of bugs and features requests a mile long, and that's because my volunteer time is severely limited. When you want something done, the ONLY way of ensuring it is done is to pay for it. Volunteering in too unreliable.
And what has actually gone wrong? Nothing really bad. The site works, just not as well as it could. Mobile was always intended to follow this week, so raving on about it is pointless. It will get fixed, as was always intended.
As for the deadline, I have no idea why there was a deadline, or why it was when it was, so cannot really comment. My initial thought though, is that without deadlines, things simply don't get done. They waft along, eventually coming to some sort of conclusion that probably isn't what is required, and later than actually needed. My second thought is to do with the educational timetable. With the new curriculum on its way, a delay in getting out the required information would be problematical. And remember, this site is much more targeted at the educational side of things.
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