You _knew_ this was coming didn't you ;p. But in all fairness I had to wait
until the posts started calling people names before I stepped in.
OK, this is not a direct response to Plambert but a response to the thread.
1.) Calling people selfish, demented etc will _not_ be tolerated and I
do _not_ care who the poster is, no one is above the rules. Have I made
myself clear? I darn well hope so 8-).
2.) We know what happens to these sorts of topics in the past, they
always spiral into long OT and mostly pointless discussions, so I expect to
see this voluntarily stopped _soon_, if not, I'll stop it 8-).
3.) OK, so there was a basic mis-conception about the LST Converter, our
bad. We'll clarify that in documentation, specifically we'll add that "it
is not and never will be designed to allow 2.7.3 files and older to be auto
magically converted to the current version". If we did it would effectively
end our agreements with many publishers and hence destroy PCGEN by way of
4.) If there are individual things you'd like to see the LST Converter
do, then write up a freq for it, we have a process people 8-).
This message is being sent in mock growl mode, I'd like to not have to send
one in growl mode 8-).
All Round Nice Gal
From: Paul M. Lambert [mailto:plambert@...
Sent: Thursday, 1 May 2003 5:22 a.m.
Subject: Re: RANT (WAS: [pcgen] Re: LST Converter requests)
On Wed, 30 Apr 2003, Steven Gilroy wrote:
> <opinion and devil's advocate>
> I just have to say that I am completely suprised by all of you people
> posting "Tough Sh|t" to all of those complaining about the LST converter
> not converting other files.
> This project has always been for the community, by the community. The
> reason for the LST converter was to update LST files. It was never said
> "This converter will not work and is not ment to be used with WoTC IP ".
> It was said "Hey, here's a converter to keep your files working with
> the newer version of PCGen". At the beginning the converter worked fine
> for the WoTC files and home brews...but then they branched off the
> biosettings and such into seperate files and the LST converter became
> crippled because it would not split that stuff out. THIS is what people
> are complaining about.
> As for those who say "You made the homebrew so you should be able to
> update it"...What if someone else in their gaming group did it for them?
> What if that person is no longer with the group or is no longer
> interested in doing LST files? In this case a person has a legit
> homebrew that needs to be updated and they can't do it themselves.
> I'm just suprised that all of the people who have always said this is a
> Community project for the community and by the community would basically
> tell the community that they are S.O.L.
> </opinion and devil's advocate>
PCGen is by the community and for the community. But like all open
source projects, the community is mostly those who _contribute_, and not
those who _use_ the project.
Frankly, those people who are capable of writing the LST converter don't
actually need it. Writing it, testing it, updating it, maintaining it,
these are significant investments of time, when presumably they could be
adding features that they actually do need.
Will a LST converter ever be a priority? Probably. But that's an
individual decision of individual developers. Pointing out that it's
broken and needs to be written will only encourage a positive response
if it's done tactfully, carefully, and with due respect to the folks who
are capable of doing it.
These are my opinions. Yours are certainly different, but please give mine
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