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Working with people who know the value of everything but the cost of nothing

May 25, 2005

For a long time I have assisted a community in building out some infrastructure so that they would have an online prescence. Over time, focus has shifted to generating content and publishing that whilst the number of volunteers working in the trenches has diminished substantially. It could be my fault that I was not able to attract a core of people who believe in the value of infrastructure. I’ll accept it as my weakness but unfortunately it puts a lot of burden on me and I no longer find the motivation to work on this.

Some of this lack of motivation has to do with differing views with various key players, some volunteers who have great heart but don’t bring anything substantial in expertise to the table, others who want to morph the vision so that it is “politically correct” . A lot also has to do with the nature of communication, it’s very rare to meet other volunteers face to face and timezone differences make it difficult to do voice communication though I have tried often to call people instead of emailing them. Sadly this isn’t done by other old-timers.

It seems that there is an illusion that the infrastructure is more capable than it appears and since things have been working for a while, people’s attitude have been “No point in working in the trenches, It’s not something end-user visible”

It’s a struggle working with people who know the value of everything but the cost of nothing. I just don’t have the energy to do this anymore.

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  1. May 25, 2005 at 6:03 am
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