[FFmpeg-user] Consequences to rude and hostile behaviour

Paul B Mahol onemda at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 15:30:10 EET 2020

On 3/1/20, Phil Rhodes via ffmpeg-user <ffmpeg-user at ffmpeg.org> wrote:
>> I think your intervention would have been more efficient if you had
>> chosen to make it in direct response to one of these rude behaviors.
> I have tried to do this. I have been trying to do this for years. It doesn't
> work; overtures intended to be helpful are almost always violently rejected.
> Very few open source projects are particularly welcoming of any contribution
> other than code and I think this is a huge indictment of not only ffmpeg,
> but the wider world of open source.
> For instance, in ffmpeg, for years the colour handling was wildly incorrect
> simply because nobody on the project had the knowledge or experience to
> implement it properly. They had the software engineering ability but not the
> subject knowledge.
> For another instance, one ffmpeg contributor, years ago, launched a polemic
> against drop-frame timecode which he felt was untidy which did nothing more
> than reveal just how appallingly ignorant some core contributors were and
> are on the basic tenets of digital video. If he only knew!
> I have twenty years' experience in the field. I offered free consultancy and
> was rudely rejected. I made similar overtures to the Cinelerra video editor
> project with much the same result.
> Open source software is often so violently hostile to non-code contributions
> that I'm surprised this conversation doesn't happen more frequently; this
> problem is holding back open source in general.

Why are you spreading FUD here?

> Phil
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