On Tue, 6 Sep 2005, Nathan wrote:
> Assuming (again-sorry, where are those docs?) that a Gentoo lead
> consists of mostly extra responsibilities, and not of extra sticks to
> beat people with, being a lead tends to be more of a 'character building
> chore' for the lead than anything else.
Yes, in an ideal world, a lead would not have to exercise powers that
no-one else in the team posessed. But in reality, one doesn't elect leads
by drawing straws to pick a random unfortunate who will merely carry the
burden of extra responsibilities. So why elect a lead?
In my opinion, the most effective (and innovative) open source projects
are run by an (inspired) dictator, and the least effective are run by
committee or by a loose group of random volunteers, each one with a
different "itch to scratch".
> Do you really think Hasan and/or Lina are going to turn into earless
> monsters if they jointly become 'the lead'?
The problem here is that gentoo-osx lacks a coherent shared goal*, and
electing a lead isn't going to help much unless it can provide that.
Electing two leads is, in general, worse than electing one when it is a
coherent vision that is missing. It is like having a committee of 2.
* And I confess that I have helped muddy the water on that score.
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