[OSM-talk] SteveC should decide

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Oct 1 10:40:51 BST 2009


Valent Turkovic wrote:
>> Are you mad?
> You are taking this out of context, and you obviously missed the point.

Not at all. Russ has called for dictatorial leadership which the project 
should follow even if there were absolutely nonsensical decisions. I 
don't know how any context could reduce the sheer stupidity of:

"If SteveC says that "mountain=green" means that first there is a 
mountain, and that "mountain=blue" means there is no mountain, then 
damnit, we should do it that way."

If we have open issues in the community that we cannot find a good 
solution to, then the reason for this is not that we simply lack a good 
Führer who tells us what is right and what is wrong; it is because these 
issues are difficult and the community is perhaps divided about it. We 
do not need anybody to make a decision in these cases; that doesn't help 
at all.

I can't understand how some of you seem to be yearning for a power 
figure that absolves you from thinking for yourselves just to make 
things simpler. It seems that you would prefer a wrong decision over no 
decision at all - but why do we need decisions at all? If there are 
issues where the community cannot make up their mind, can you not just 
live with that and arrange your technology in a way to deal with that? 
Do you always have to take a hammer and hit everything until it is 
nicely uniform?


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