Elite Irony

Tom tomwhore@inetarena.com
Mon, 21 Jan 2002 11:12:35 -0800 (PST)


On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, Jeff Bone wrote:

--]open source (or other software) project management styles.  Look around.  The
--]packages which are most useful to the largest number of parties tend to be the
--]ones with the most autocratic (albeit hopefully benevolent) single leaders at
--]the helm.  That should tell us something.
--]

There is a big diffences between being ChiefEditor and ElitistDictator.

The authorship of many programs, books, movies, etc can be atributed to
the vison of one person. The product is used by the many but is created by
the one.

Thing is many of the best Apps may well be created by the one but they are
SUPPORTED (training, expansion, adoption) by a community of users. If the
Apps con not tolerate a community of users it usualy fails, that is if an
app is built to Exclude users rather than Include them, it will fall on
the rocks.

Thus a program like WINAMP, which was created mostly by just two people,
has grown to such large use not because it was run by Elitism but by a
growing community of folks who waned more folks to use it, to make new
extensions to it, and to further its usefulness. If Justin and Tom had
wanted to they could have closed off all avenues of expantion of Winamp
and only allowed thier own vison to take over. Instead they made nearly
everything a plugin or skinable (one of the first to do the skin thing
well)



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