Helping, for what motivation?

Recently there has been a little flurry of activity on the Koha mailing lists, which has led me to question why some people are doing what they are doing. I think it boils down to the fact a few individuals are doing things to be seen to be doing things. This is of course a valid motivation, the problem is when it becomes a prime motivator, it makes it very hard for those people to accept constructive criticism.

There was a good quote on the mailing list today

But I really don’t care about name of koha released team. Just do what I think it would be good for community.


I like that, and I think that is where we should all strive to be.

3 thoughts on “Helping, for what motivation?”

  1. I fully agree with this post, but just want to point that, in some countries/culture, public recognition is *very* (too much ?) important.

    I’ve been in India twice, and it striked me: the bio of most people attending/talking at a conference, includes all their publicly available experiences. The result is that, the 1st 2 minuts of the talk is spent on enumarating all of them.
    Sounds strange for a western man like me.


  2. @paul yes, at a conf often the ‘audience’ is ‘captive’ (and sometimes in the real sense of filling up a hall, anything otherwise would be an insult to the organisers and the invites ‘holy cows’ (aka speakers) – so an intro is often needed. Very often 50% of the audience is there as someone asked them to attend; 30% who want to make sure they do not miss out on something that their colleagues are attending. The rest 20% is your actual audience.

    FWIW, people value “participation certificate” that are often handed out at confs. I kid you not!


    1. > FWIW, people value “participation certificate” that are
      > often handed out at confs. I kid you not!
      Hey, I forgot those “participation certificates”, but you’re right, I saw them as well 😉
      (and was surprised: in France, they also exist, but not because they’re valued, it’s because they’re needed to have the attendee time being counted as “training time” in some administrative yearly reporting)


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