[PD] PD 4 EM

david casal D.Casal at uea.ac.uk
Sat Feb 22 14:21:18 CET 2003

On Fri, 21 Feb 2003, J. Scott Hildebrand wrote:

> another record from then again... and if pd doesn't "make it," it'll never
> improve and it'll become old dusty software that very few people use.

> On 21 Feb 2003, jfm3 wrote:

> > more people who use it successfully, the better. On the other hand, I
> > don't like the idea of the mailing list clogging up with people who can
> > barely run cakewalk complaining that their free software doesn't work.
> > Food for thought for you, perhaps.

The hierarchy which emerges in a user community, centered around a lively,
healthy free software project handles incoming newbies naturally. Without
them, there is no community. More than 3 years ago, when I first started
to grow the balls to post to people like Miller, Geiger, et al, the
answers came swiftly, unprepossesingly, even from the pumpkin holder. Now,
I answer on-list and off-list to -any- question posed that I think it is
my place to answer as an advanced user, (though not as a developer, of
course) even when the question is: 'can I, like, use PD to do stuff, like,
what Cakewalk does like?' It is because of -their- (developers) patience
that someone like me (a piano player with no previous interest whatsoever
in computing, let alone nux-based development), gets their 'chops'. In
turn, I learn to exercise the same amount of patience.

Do you not agree that this is a good thing?


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