On the color of the bikeshed, belling the cat, opportunity cost and marginalism

In the light of recent email threads, I'd like to share the following  
pointers with the WG to explain why some participants may appear to  
resist suggestions presumptively.

Color of the Bikeshed
Short: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_of_the_bikeshed
Long: http://papayawhip.bikeshed.org/

Belling the Cat (explains resistance to suggestions that lack a  
plausible route from the current situation to the presented ideal  

Opportunity Cost (explains resistance to changing things even to  
something that seems more elegant)
(Particularly the two paragraphs starting with "Secondly, by using  
the free-as-in-beer argument".)

Marginalism (explains resistance to features or changes that address  
conceivable but relatively rare use cases)

Henri Sivonen

Received on Sunday, 8 July 2007 11:45:18 UTC