"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)
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@staticsafe this is why we're forking, btw, for governance.
I spent a year trying to establish proper governance models with Mastodon, and at the end I kind of just got kicked to the curb, so figured I'd try it out and see who was with me. A surprising number of people wanted to join.
staticsafe's personal Mastodon instance.