Personal blog post, views are my own, and all that shit.
Let’s put it this way. Imagine that you have spent years putting your heart, soul and sweat into a product that you so much believed in its mission and cared about its success.
The next thing you know is your employer killing that product and asking everyone to stop working on it like it’s no one’s business. Frustrating right? That employee must be having hard times accepting the fact that his baby is being shot at one limb at a time and he’s forced to just watch.
Now imagine the same case while you replace the word “employee” with “contributor”. A contributor who, of course, is not being paid to stick around, with the same passion and love to that product, its mission and vision. Now prefix that “contributor” with “a one hundred”. At this point you’re not only killing a product, you are killing a community.
I personally spent hundreds of hours working on it both as a contribution and professionally, trying to make it fit for the Middle East and North Africa market through code, and was very proud that we shipped to Tunisia and Egypt, and during the launch I was talking about Firefox OS as if it’s my own child whom I see walk for the first time. And was even more proud that we had the absolute best RTL experience between all the other comptetitor mobile OSes, later on Apple followed up and did the same for iOS (but that doesn’t matter right?).
After all these years, one develops a, kind of, emotional relation to the project so it’s not easy for many to see it fade away just like that, especially after the promises that were given about it not going away.