The idea of open-sourcing is great - that everyone gets to see the source code of the program, or even start experimenting with it, implementing ideas / features that were not yet in there.
But there are problems too
Case in point ---
I was like typing "pivot table" on a search engine and click away
The program is Gnumerics - an GNU implementation of spreadsheet
The wanted feature is "pivot table"
The problem is two fold --
1. No one cares enough to code
2. No one wants to include that feature in the official release of Gnumeric
And judging from the date stated, that "pivot table" had already been requested for the past few years.