With all the comments and feedback weâ€™ve received about our â€œDown with a Developerâ€ column weâ€™ve started to produce, I just wanted to give some insight into the article and some changes that will be coming.
Firstly: Iâ€™d just like to say that our column is called â€œDown with a Developerâ€ and itâ€™s a regular column we will be running and we will not be changing the title of it depending on role the person we are interviewing plays in the Android community.
Some of these people are total programmers who get their hands dirty deep inside the source code of Android itself and some of them are people who take existing work from other people, add some things, tweak a little bit and are generally known as modderâ€™s.Â There are also the people who crack open the files, modify and replace the graphics and icons, change colors and wallpapers and make the ROMs look and feel different, and they are generally known as themerâ€™s.
We wonâ€™t be creating multiple columns based on what the person does.Â We are not going to have a â€œMixing with a Modderâ€ column and a â€œTalking with a Themerâ€™sâ€ columns.Â We will have just a single column called â€œDown with a Developerâ€ and everyone interviewed will be grouped inside it.
If you have a problem with semantics, then we canâ€™t help you.
What we will be doing in the future is tweaking our interviews to include an introduction that will explain a little more about the person we are interviewing and how they contribute to the community.Â This will hopefully clear up what type of developer/modder/themer this person:
Additionally we will be suggesting to all the Interviewees that they refrain from speaking negatively about other community members, but in the same breath, if they have something to say and decide they want to still do so (within certain constraints and after they have been warned about the consequences) they will be allowed to.
You must also understand that these viewpoints are solely from the interviewees and do not reflect the views of AndroidSPIN in any way.
But people, I feel like Iâ€™m back at school with all this â€œWell, Heâ€™s not a developerâ€, â€œHe doesnâ€™t do any codingâ€.Â Arenâ€™t we supposed to be a community?Â Don’t all these people contribute to the community?
Removing any personality from the interviews and making them totally technical is not the purpose of these interviews.Â They give an insight into the person behind the nickname.
So, there will be an intro.Â There will be more editing and warning about slanderous comments and these are the first ones weâ€™ve run and they will get tweaked as time goes on.
If you have any questions that youâ€™d like asked to your neighborhood developer, slip us your questions in the comments below!
I hope this clears things up a little and thanks for listening!