e: there is no collective goal and no vision
hmm, I am curious on why you say this. There is the KDE Vision and Manifesto, but the whole point of Nate’s recent blog was to explain that there is governance and direction. Current goals are Consistency, Wayland, and Apps.
I linked the article below so perhaps you missed it? If not how do you dismiss these factors??
re: every voice has the same power as everyone - there are aspects of this: “We democratize long-term planning by allowing the community itself to vote every two years” says Nate, yet he also points out that the “KDE Gardening Team, which is essentially our version of upper and middle management.”
Not to mention the ““benevolent dictator for life” model” in some projects.
re: it takes years to accomplish things.
Freedom can be messy but it is certainly preferable to authoritarianism. There is also a lot of arguments that show overall there is much more efficiency in decentralised systems. People can miss the point (or disagree) regardless of the organisational structure! It is not a case of every idiot having a say in areas of that they really no nothing about with the result forced upon others- which is more a description of state democracy.
“KDE has had Single Click by default”. Yes, you have said this many, many times. I agree it is a bad default, but why are you bringing this up? KDE gives you the option to change this as a user. I believe you even convinced Kubuntu to change it! This is a win! File under: Anarchy. If Apple for example hard coded it, then you would have no recourse at all. It may not be optimal but it is at the very least a ‘glass half full’ situation.
What is it that you would prefer? Surely not an autocrat to be given total power to set what they see as ‘sane’ defaults. How would they be chosen? What about a democratic process? How does this affect those who worked hard at the code with their own vision of what their work should be?
What is your solution? Any option other than forking sounds like it would create systemic discontent.
re: Anarchy does not scale
The opposite is actually true! Leonard Read wrote a book called ‘ipencil’ It shows how no one person can create something as seemingly simple as a pencil. It shows it is only through spontaneous order that a complex world can happen. (Efficient & ethical) scaling would be impossible otherwise.
re: There are many models not just Anarchy
There are indeed other models than BDFL -yes. This is actually one of my points!! ‘Anarchy’ is not a model. It is not prescriptive. It is a negative term. An-archy means no-rulers. Not being a model it can incorporate any structure or model (that does not involve coercion - involuntary rulers)
It should be noted also that anarchy is not a description of a utopia. All it really states is that coercion should be abandoned.
That said, one type of order that is exclusive to a state of non-coercion is 'Spontaneous Order;.
*Spontaneous order, also named self-organization is the spontaneous emergence of order out of seeming chaos. “spontaneous order” is typically used to describe the emergence of various kinds of social orders from a combination of self-interested individuals who are not intentionally trying to create order through planning. The evolution of life on Earth, language, crystal structure, the Internet and a free market economy have all been proposed as examples of systems which evolved through spontaneous order.
Spontaneous orders are to be distinguished from organizations. Spontaneous orders are distinguished by being scale-free networks, while organizations are hierarchical networks. Further, organizations can be and often are a part of spontaneous social orders, but the reverse is not true. Further, while organizations are created and controlled by humans, spontaneous orders are created, controlled, and controllable by no one. In economics and the social sciences, spontaneous order is defined as “the result of human actions, not of human design”*
This is what I believe Nate meant originally when he said KDE is “an anarchic society” That is, KDE is a Spontaneous Order. He also clarifies in the new post that there is leadership and planning.
“organizations can be and often are a part of spontaneous social orders” I think this actually fits the description of KDE. It is a minimal organisation utilising the power of spontaneous order. This is beautiful!
re: there won’t be organization
KDE is 22 years old and has grown. I attribute this to strong decentralisation and the wonderful phenomenon of anarchic Spontaneous Order!
Long may KDE embrace this successful attribute!