[OSM-talk] SteveC should decide

John Smith deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 4 03:10:51 BST 2009

2009/10/4 Russ Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com>:
> The OSM community is hostile to leadership even when that leadership
> merely renders advice.  Frederick's advice to create a committee to

I think the problem here isn't the OSM community, but a vocal minority
that don't want anything but the status quo, and while techniques and
methods that have worked well in the past are now more likely to
actively discourage innovation because people won't want to do them if
their efforts will be for nothing, or they will need to do double or
tripple the work to keep up with who ever is the most voicetress

There will always be a vocal minority, it doesn't mean they are right
or they are speaking for the majority, they are just shouting the

> tag consistently and that's okay, or that we'll never ever do things
> that way here.

I've seen this in other threads and just because something was done in
a particular way in the past is an appeal to authority and not a
rational reason why other ideas should be immediately shouted down. If
things were to always stay the same we'd be still in horse and buggies
because that's how people used to do it for 1000s of years and it
worked well so why exactly did we move away from something that was
working very well? Because something better came along and by the
vocal minority stiffling the same innovation they claim to be saving
it does no one any good because the same endless debates just keep
reoccuring because there is no rational or logical reason why things
can't be different it's just some people have a mindset that they're
horse and cart is the only way to do things.

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