I need examples of FOSS projects with good governance models, please and thank you.

Preferably with links to read their policies/models.


"For example, a project can put extra effort into making it easy for non-technical users to
report bugs or have conversations with support staff and even with developers . This wouldn’t
necessarily be a good use of resources for all projects, but it could be for a project that
prioritizes user engagement, or prioritizes conversion of individual users (as opposed to
organizationally-motivated users) into contributors ."

Page 9, Open Source Archetypes

"In general, the larger the audience for a given piece of software, the less likely it is that the users who engage with it as an open source project will be representative of the user base as a whole. However, the slope of this curve can be influenced by choice of archetype."

Also from page 9 of Open Source Archetypes.

Reading through these and I don't think Mastodon fits any of these archetypes exactly, the closest I can see is "Rocket Ship to Mars" combined with "Controlled Ecosystem" without the "out-of-core innovation and customization, such as via a plugin system ."

anyways, I have a lot to read and think about before I start writing this blog post about Mastodon's governance model

But the most important question actually right now is, what is Mastodon's governance model exactly? Is it written down and defined anywhere?

(please no sarcastic answers, I'm being serious)

@staticsafe @Gargron BDFL works great for software but less so for ecosystems/standards. Like when Python goes in a weird direction, the community can't really use their own incompatible version of the language, but everyone can fork or duplicate Mastodon easily.

I guess protocol/standards are also *easier* to evolve democratically too (way less surface)

@remram44 @staticsafe Thankfully I don't have any unilateral protocol-related power, the max. I can do is go and voice my concerns to the AP team

@staticsafe @Gargron Yep! And I don't really see democratic/consensus-based governance models being put in place ever. There's just the big old organizations like Apache, Mozilla, ... who tend to adopt (big, industry-backed) projects

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