[sword-devel] GNU and OS ideologies and indulgences

Chris sword-devel@crosswire.org
Mon, 17 Dec 2001 15:03:01 +1100

>The democratic process is vital to writting software like SWORD.
Actually pure democracy does not make good software either. Even more so 
it has been observed
that the skill differential between programmers exceeds 10:1.  Rarely is 
free software a democracy.
It's more like a small inner circle, each with their own particular 
status and reputation. And the
final result is judged and used (or not) on its own merits.

Nobody yet knows what would happen if such an "open bible 
translation" were to be attempted. If you'd said 20 years ago,
"hey, let's develop an OS over the internet, and anybody can
join in", you would have been shouted down and debunked as
a lunatic. People would have said you can't get a coherent 
design in that kind of unstructured environment with no
design, road map or direction.

There may be someone lurking on the net who has, perhaps,
spent 10 years analysing say Romans, and while un-recognised,
is capable of producing the most eloquent translation yet
attempted. If the skills of the whole world of bible
study could be brought to bear on this problem, you just 
don't know how good it can get. If anyone ever attempts it,
then we shall find out.