webword writes: "There is an article in the July 2000 issue of Crosstalk (The Journal of Defense Software Engineering) about gathering requirements in Open Source projects. This is especially interesting because most commercial projects are driven by the requirements gathering processes (or the 'SDLC') whereas most Open Source projects are written to 'scratch an itch'. Let's face it, Open Source requirements are almost always in the mind(s) of the programmer(s), not on paper. However, if the requirements are captured, and shared, the quality and speed of development will improve." How many articles like this have we seen? How many open source applications have ideas like these spawned? I remain skeptical.