|it's time to disarm
||[Mar. 22nd, 2001|04:47 am]
First off, I want to say how much I appreciate the comments that have been posted from voices of reason and moderation here.|
Lets not talk about who was at fault. I have talked to both Dormando and Visions, I have a lot of respect for both of them and their talents, and both deserve a lot of credit for what they have done for LiveJournal. Both, however, have to accept responsibility for words said in haste.
Ultimately, this forum is all about expressing differing ideas... ideas, by their very nature, conflict and compete against other ideas. It should be the duty of all of us to make sure that ideas are argued fairly, based on their merits. Let the battle be between ideas, and not between people. If something like this happens in the future, don't choose up sides or play the blame game. Step forward and de-escalate the conflict immediately.
If you find that you've said something in haste, or even said something that is misinterpreted as an insult... 'fess up. Have honor. Apologize and put it behind you. Too few people are willing to give even a simple apology anymore, and it is a shame. A person is rarely more honorable, more humble, and more respected than when they say "I apologize."
Take this time to put aside any differences, any anger or recriminations... you are surrounded by a great team of people who care about LiveJournal just as strongly as you do. They aren't doing this for money... they aren't getting paid $120,000 a year to code. They're doing it because they believe in LiveJournal and because it's the right thing to do. How can you not respect the hell out of all these people?
Look at what LiveJournal has become already... and we haven't even scratched the surface. We've just begun to empower our developers to recreate LiveJournal. I remember reading an article by Jamie Zawinski about his resignation from Mozilla. One of his biggest complaints was that after over a year, the mighty Mozilla never had over thirty part-time volunteers. I see 71 people signed up in this community alone... and this community didn't even exist until January 15th of this year. Why is LiveJournal succeeding in such a short amount of time, when Mozilla, with all their media attention and publicity, had problems getting off the ground? It's all about community. We have it... and they don't.
Brad took a serious leap of faith by creating this community and opening the source code... all I could do was nudge him towards the side of the cliff. Fortunately, you've been there for him so far. Collectively, you have contributed an enormous amount of time and have made LiveJournal all the better for it. I'm telling you that things will get better still. We are on the threshold of great things.
We have created a self-supported, self-replicating community that will grow like a virus, like all great ideas grow, spreading community not just on LiveJournal's servers, but clear across the Internet. I see a future where LiveJournal becomes almost like a media unto itself... where you can visit your friends list and not only read about your LiveJournal friends, but read the comics, check out the latest Slashdot posts, and download the latest single from a group of musicians that decided to turn their back on the record industry, distributing their music over the web... and how are they going to keep in touch with their fans? LiveJournal.
Have you ever visited someone's friend's page and added someone from their friends page to yours? Well, there's a name for that... syndication. We are all syndicating each other's journals... but what happens when we start to syndicate our favorite bands, or comic strips? Suddenly, these solitary artists who have been struggling with oppressive methods of distribution have a compelling alternative... a free, uniquely open source means of promotion and distribution. Traditional means of distribution may become less important, because word-of-mouth will be more effective than it ever was. This is just one of the many, many ways that we can make a real difference in the world.
There are no limits as to what LiveJournal can do... but we have to do it together. You're a bunch of great people, and I wouldn't want it any other way.