[Bf-committers] Withdrawal

Gavin Howard gavin.d.howard at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 20:59:30 CEST 2014

In reality, Ton, I sent that email only to you; I didn't know Sergey's
address, I didn't want to spam the mailing list, and I was already too
embarrassed. (So much for that.) So it's not Sergey's fault. And
neither is it yours; I know you're busy, so I was planning on
resending the email today anyways. But I should have sent it to the
whole list. Yet another mistake. Sorry.

The truth is that I'm not frustrated with you all. What did me in was
going back through and trying to clean up the fixes as Sergey said. I
thought I understood what he said, and I realized that I didn't. Like
I said, it was my own incompetence at following simple instructions.
Just to be clear, I never thought I was insulted. I simply get
frustrated with myself quite easily, especially after last summer.

Sergey, your clarifications helped. (I think.) Give me 24 hours to go
back through and get it up to standard.

God Bless,
Gavin Howard

On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Sergey Sharybin <sergey.vfx at gmail.com> wrote:
> I didn't actually see your mail from monday. Either it got lost somewhere
> in my client or i dunno.
> As for the fixed bugs section it's not that bad actually, the stuff Ton
> mentioned in the minutes are just guidelines for that page to make it
> maintainable. It doesn't mean it's fully wrong or so. Main issue with the
> page is that it lacks information about the revision range it's valid for.
> So if you suddenly becomes busy and i (or cambo or whoever else) need
> finish it -- it'll be rather tricky to figure out where to start. To avoid
> such issues, we put on the top of the page:
>   Changes from revision AAA up to BBB
> It should be really easy for you to add information about revision your
> list is updated to.
> Other issue is that i saw quite a few fixes which were a fixes for new
> stuff added to 2.72. We don't mention that in the change log. It should be
> easy for you again to just ignore such fixes for the rest of the revisions
> from now on up to the very release. We'll need to clean up existing list
> from those fixes, but for that you can have at least mine help, and as max
> -- there could be more volunteers to help cleaning stuff up.
> And the structure issue is also not that difficult to solve. It's just
> matter of using old structure and copy-pasteing new fixes to it. Or
> renaming the sections, so Modeling is more like a Mesh Editing, Compositor
> is Node / Compositor and such. Sticking to some "standard" template is good
> for the readability of changes imo. And for this you can also use my help
> or help from someone else in the community.
> So to summarize, there is some clean up to be done on the fixes page, but
> it's not that much of work and it doesn't mean you need to do it all (we'll
> for sure help with the cleanups and so). And consider information from
> Ton's mail about fixed bugs section as a guideline for the future work on
> that section. Do not consider it as an insult on your work, we really
> appreciate your help.
> On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 9:11 PM, Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org> wrote:
>> Hi Gavin,
>> Sorry, it's unfortunate that nobody replied to your mail from last monday.
>> I had no time either.The issue would/could have been easy to handle in irc
>> though... asking sergey or campbell or me. I can only confirm they've been
>> very busy and didn't notice or forgot the mail.
>> In any way - most important is to at least keep communicating! When that
>> fails it's usually the core of the issues in a volunteering organization.
>> I'll ask Sergey to clarify the remarks I copied to the minutes.
>> -Ton-
>> --------------------------------------------------------
>> Ton Roosendaal  -  ton at blender.org   -   www.blender.org
>> Chairman Blender Foundation - Producer Blender Institute
>> Entrepotdok 57A  -  1018AD Amsterdam  -  The Netherlands
>> On 14 Sep, 2014, at 5:09, Gavin Howard wrote:
>> > All,
>> >
>> > This is going to be a pretty weird email, but whatever.
>> >
>> > I've been using Blender for several years now, after being introduced
>> > to it while at version 2.49. I used it a little, then set it aside for
>> > a while. A year later, I came back to a wonderful 2.5x series. I was
>> > excited, and because I /thought/ I could program, I wanted to help.
>> >
>> > I was /completely/ wrong about my skill.
>> >
>> > I bombed GSoC 2013, and as a result, I got super frustrated at myself
>> > and went into "hiding". After a while, and more education, I decided
>> > to do something a little more humble: the Release Notes.
>> >
>> > As you all know from last week's Developers' Meeting, I did the
>> > Release Notes wrong, especially on the Bug Fixes page. I went back
>> > through and tried to fix the problems, but my judgment is lacking, and
>> > I'm sure that I didn't quite fix them. Quite frankly, I am frustrated
>> > with my ineptitude yet again.
>> >
>> > I know that the Blender Foundation doesn't need my help, and at this
>> > point, I am pretty sure my "help" is a burden in several ways. So I
>> > really wonder if it would be better without me.
>> >
>> > I sincerely hope it hasn't been a burden in /every/ way. Regardless of
>> > if I have or not, I think it's time I call it quits. I'm just not
>> > competent enough to help out, even in a non-development role.
>> >
>> > I will finish out this release, but once 2.72 (and any 'a' or other
>> > subsequent bugfix release) is out, I will not "help" out anymore. I'll
>> > still be a user; Blender (and Cycles!) helped me secure a spot in
>> > BYU's Animation Emphasis for the Computer Science major, and I don't
>> > intend to stop using it. But my role in its development will
>> > disappear.
>> >
>> > Sorry, Campbell; I know you don't like doing those Release Notes.
>> >
>> > Thanks for everything.
>> >
>> > God Bless,
>> > Gavin Howard
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