Michael Tremer

Default to open, please?
by Michael Tremer, February 21, 2013

Something that bothers me the most these days is, that I have a massive amount of private email conversations. Most of them are about bugs or development in general. For me, this is a disturbing trend because doing my daily work gets even harder.

I personally aspire to default to open – to say it in Red Hat terms1. Especially when it comes to the IPFire community. Basically, this means that you default to sharing everything in the open by default and only keep things not open after specific consideration. It is easy to do. You just have to live by the following rules:

The essential difference is that you don’t think about “can I post this publicly?”. This should be the default thing to do. Only a number or rare things should be kept private, because there are some things we must protect. Those are for example security bugs which should not be discussed openly unless there is a fix available, yet.

If you think that this makes things only easier for me, you are thinking wrong. It even helps you and the community, because:

So keep in mind, that if you send me something in private, that I will often ask you to reshare it with the community. Everyone will benefit from it.


Posted: February 21, 2013 • 694 views