Bikeshed Reports [was: Status reports - why not regularly?]

Harald Schmalzbauer h at
Tue Jan 13 18:17:50 PST 2004

On Wednesday 14 January 2004 03:06, Robert Watson wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Jan 2004, Peter Schultz wrote:
> > Over 2003 I inadvertently started around four bikesheds.  Every time it
> > happened I wanted to document it so that the beating of dead horses
> > could be kept to a minimum.  It would basically list items of great
> > contention or things that just plain need a good hacker's attention.
> >
> > Hindsight is 20/20, but I think a resource like this would have
> > prevented me from pushing people's buttons.  It's not all that easy to
> > harvest bikeshed discussions from the mailing lists, and a lot of them
> > have to do with issues that end users are interested in.  I adore
> > FreeBSD volunteers and don't like to see them bothered with what color
> > to paint a bikeshed.
> >
> > I can dig up something on this if it's of interest to people.
> I'd be happy to help set up a web page to
> hold the hard-earned results of your research.  Although perhaps they
> actually belong in the FAQ :-).

This sounds great! And I hav an idea about the very first pragraph: What the 
hack is bikeshed?
From the context I guess it's something like braindamaged circumstance/idea.

But no dictionary has helped me so far. It also looks to be FreeBSD specific, 
isn't it?

Thank you,


> Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
> robert at      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research
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