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21 June 2007

Wish lists?

It seems that its very popular right now for people to say what their top 5 or 10 wishes are for MySQL Server. Many people who have chatted with me are well aware of a small collection of mine. Guess what? I have no plans to iterate through them here.
I personally don't believe it is particularly productive. MySQL is a company with a lot of smart people and almost every one of them will have their own distinct and unique wish list. For a few to have their wishes set above the rest could drive a wedge in the works. Of course, a small number of senior officers of the company to broadcast their opinions (MÃ¥rten, Monty, etc) is perfectly reasonable - they are expected to have a public vision - wether it be purely their own or distilled from the collective of the company. So where should we espouse our heart felt opinions? The WorkLog RawIdeas acts as a voracious black hole from which few ideas ever escape to fruition. Perhaps the internal Wiki is a good place and that everyone should be encouraged to start a page of their own wish list, perhaps linked with appropriate WorkLog entries and a grand index of pages and perhaps of ideas, where like-minded staffers can indicate which wishes they agree upon.
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