[Battlemesh] [B.A.T.M.A.N.] Diversity in BATMAN

Simon Wunderlich simon.wunderlich at s2003.tu-chemnitz.de
Sun Mar 11 21:39:42 CET 2012

Hey there,

On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:02:54AM -0700, Mitar wrote:
> Hi!
> > However, in my personal case, there's also the fact that WBM has been
> > evolving in a direction that I don't feel comfortable with (less
> > technical content, more self- promotion, tolerance for bomb-makers,
> > etc.)
> Self-promotion of good ideas is not necessary bad. And others are there
> to squash the bad ideas. ;-)

I definitly agree. If we promote bad ideas as the batman-adv-team, I'm sure
we'll be shouted at very loud, and thats a great thing.

> But for technical content: I think you could easily volunteer to lead
> few round tables on the topic of protocol design. For example, this
> discussion we are now having on the mailing list about different aspects
> of routing protocols: oh, how I would love to have them in live, with
> everybody from all protocols together, sitting and explaining their
> approaches, their arguments and experiences why they are doing something
> in the way they are doing: is this theoretical argument, or is it simply
> a practical observation, can we find a theoretical reasoning behind it,
> can we maybe invalidate some theoretical argument with a practical
> (repeatable) experiment?
> Because I think I am not the only one who does not know much about how
> other protocols are doing things, what were the reasons they have chosen
> the given approach, ... And it would really help understanding each
> other, and maybe, maybe, we could in some years even agree on a common
> routing protocol. ;-)
> This would also be interesting for non-technical and new people, because
> they would be able to listen and understand how things work.
> But because Juliusz is afraid to come, I can volunteer to moderate (and
> mediate) such tables if others prepare me a list of topics to discuss.

Sounds like a great idea! After some discussion with some other batman-adv devs,
we would really like to join this. Actually I think its a good thing that
we have some different routing protocols. Diversity gives birth to different
approaches, which may succeed or fail, and in both events we can learn from
each other. Anyway, maybe we should have put a list in the wiki what we want
to dicuss? Do you want to put it as a side-event or more like a podium discussion


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