Proposal: Python Info Collective
Thomas A. Bryan
tbryan at python.net
Mon Nov 15 13:08:42 CET 1999
Jules Allen wrote:
> The best part of your story for me is confirmation that open source
> projects don't do well without strong leadership. No ESR or an
> ESR-like figure to crack the whip, no Trove.
In my experience, strong leadership is only necessary to maintain
direction in an Open Source project. To get work done, you don't
need a leader cracking the whip; you need one or more programmers
who really want to solve some problem. As long as they are
motivated, the project will progress. If they are solving a
problem that plagues or interests other programmers, then others
will volunteer to contribute. (This is where leadership comes in...
keeping all interested contributors moving in the same direction.)
It progresses this way until all of the current maintainers get
bored and move on...but since the source is open, others can pick
it up and use it to start new development.
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