I've been contacted by Jared and Michele who are working on Toasty goat project together with D.Stanek, with suggestion to see what others are doing in terms of TruboGears powered blog engines. So I went, and took a closer look. All-in-all it's a rather nice project. It is still in a VERY alpha stage, but who am I to judge? I didn't even publish the sources yet for my project :)
Now, about the suggestion of merging the efforts... It's a tough topic to tackle. My experience in Open Source community so far is rather limited one. I actively participated in only one project (PyQlogger) and I was the lead programmer of it, so I could call the shots, and it was rather nice. Being a despot has it's merits :)
So I was browsing the sources, and though I did saw a couple of things that were done better than in my project: variableProviders usage, I didn't even know it existed, validators for forms, which I hesitated to add, slugs (text ids) instead of numeric ids for posts, and nice 'theme-in-a-dir' concept.
On the other hand... The code is very far from the style that I prefer, the methods concerning comments are in the RootController instead of their own one, posts have only one date field and are sorted by it (meaning that If i edit a post I published a day ago, it will pop up in front of my newer posts), the current design is for single-blog, and written with the assumption that it will stay that way, and no Identity management is implemented (but i think this is one of the next steps, coz with Identity Framework of TG it's waaay too easy :) )
Anyhow, I don't want to sound like a wining weasel, and probably I suffer from syndrome that most coders have: "I Can Write Better One" syndrome. At any rate, I do not try to claim that what I am writing will be better, it's just modeled a bit differently. I cannot claim anything actually, until I publish my sources so people can judge for themselves...
So, time will tell, and for now - to Jared and the ToastyGoat team: keep up the good job!
Hope I don't get flamed too much for this post :)