Sometimes I get sad that so much of the #OpenSource that gets attention seems so focused on companies ("not sustainable without them") control ("no single company has it"), conflict ("our neutral governance mediates disputes"), and competition ("we have a level playing field")
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Community? We'll set allocate a minority number of seats at the table (no more than one per company, of course). This is so unrecognizable from what I really love about FOSS.

3:59 AM · Aug 25, 2020

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Replying to @_msw_
I think FreeBSD got it right: The governing body (core team) of the project is elected by the active developers. There are a few things I would tweak (overlapping terms rather than electing the entire team every 2 years, for example) but I'd say we're an example to follow.
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One idea which has come up a few times is having a "no more than N core members can have the same employer" bylaw, but it hasn't been needed -- when one organization starts to take a lot of core seats, there's pushback from developers and they tend to get fewer votes.
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Replying to @_msw_
The vast majority of open source projects (a ratio of at least 10,000:1, but probably a lot more) have none of these things. Why focus on a few outliers?
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Because it takes up so much oxygen / air time. People don't know that this junk is at the fringes. And that just propegates the myth that this approach is in any way a good, or standard, practice.
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Replying to @_msw_
What would it look like, if it was done right?
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I'm not saying that trying to address whatever concerns executives have (if that is why there is such a focus on things like control, or creating appearances of neutrality) is doing it wrong. It just isn't appealing to me.
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Replying to @_msw_
But this all ends up being necessary on large popular projects or you get something other than open source 🤷‍♂️
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Yes, that is the fear used to justify it. But there are built-in protections in the licenses that can provide remedies for most bad behaviors. Do you have an example of where company-forward governance framing helped keep open source open?
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