In the halcyon days of 2010, I committed to Programming Puzzles and Code Golf. I was young and brash, and thought we were the perfect match.
But alas, it was not meant to be. Fair enough: commitments are...well...commitments. Mea culpa. I fully accept the consequences of my mistake.
However, back when I committed to the proposal, beta sites were generally graduating in 3-4 months. Code Golf.SE isn't my thing, and I was prepared to wait out those few months as atonement for my sins, but...
It's been in beta for 377 days, with no end in sight. Significantly more than the optimistic "every beta gets decided in 90 days" goal when Stack Exchange 2.0 first launched. What was pitched as a significant (but finite) delay in committing when you make a mistake has become eternal torment. The punishment doesn't fit the crime.
I propose the following:
- Allow failed commitments to expire after [3 or 6] months. If someone hasn't fulfilled a commitment in that amount of time, they're never going to do it. Throttling people for a few months adds gravity to the decision to commit, but commitments should not be locked up for life for non-violent crimes.
- Provide a one-time amnesty for people who made committments in 2010, when Stack Exchange 2.0 was pitched as a 90 day beta cycle.
Let's end the war on commitments. Yes we can.