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Comment: True, sort of (Score 4, Insightful) 86

by steevven1 (#43164285) Attached to: Why Freeloaders Are Essential To FOSS Project Success
This is true in what it is trying to say. I started using FOSS because it was useful, not because I had any intention of contributing. Now, I regularly file bug reports and do what I can to help out and answer the questions of others. However, "freeloaders" who stay freeloaders forever are not actually necessary, except maybe that they will tell others who will end up not being freeloaders. The bottom line is: The expectation value of helpfulness for a "freeloader" is absolutely not negative.

Comment: Teach Science in School (Score 1) 360

by steevven1 (#38366098) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?
The subject sounds offtopic, but seriously, a clear, natural, everyday usage of the scientific method to solve problems would make your average user be capable of sending meaningful bug reports,because they would understand how problems are solved in the most general sense. They would realize that in order to diagnose where a problem is coming from, all of the possible sources of that problem must be independently tested in a controlled way. Doing that by nature makes for naturally good bug reports.

To spot the expert, pick the one who predicts the job will take the longest and cost the most.