I like this idea, but also have trouble reconciling it, on the upstream side, with needing scale for the things on which we build, and on the downstream side of needing scale to be accessible and inclusive.
maybe there are different kinds of scaling that help resolve this?
yeah, maybe that's an entirely different idea than what people usually mean by scale. I think being able to do needful things does mean "bigger" in absolute terms than many of us are comfortable with, but not necessarily the "move fast and break things on the way to acquiring market share and excluding competitors" type of scaling.
yeah, I don't know. Accessibility aside for the moment, we also see small communities struggle with shifting priorities over time, burnout in the people running things, chasing upgrades, moderating, a hothouse environment for personality clashes, all that.
Best way to put this that comes to me just now is to shoot for "organic scaling"?
Or to trot out a more familiar usage: How do we maintain critical mass without it either fizzle out or a blowing up?
That's at an end of the scale I think we all agree is best avoided. Towards the smaller end though, is everyone capable of running things, such that the loss of any one of them doesn't mean the loss of essential social infrastructure for others?
For instance, there's long been a tradition of people hosting DNS and email secondaries for each other, backups for each other. But that's then exclusive to tech folk with particular skill and interest.
@deejoe @tindall (this is a good point! i've always had this concern about 'well-meaning 1st world techy 3rd-world aid projects' like OLPC etc that envisioned kind of drop-kicking tech into someone's culture and then just kinda abandon them, with seemingly no thought towards self-maintenance and self-management by the end-users on the ground)
Also as long as even a small community welcomes diversity, accessibility can be achieved.
I am part of a forum about vintage electronics where there are a lot of older people present, and the users will speak up if fonts / colours are hard to see and things get changed (they also share positive discussions on how to deal with doing things like close work and driving as their eyesight changes due to ageing)
@deejoe @brion @tindall I noticed this is a huge problem in the open source community — going from a hobby project to a community project. Few projects are successful at this, and pretty much none do it without problems.
Anything that would help with that step would have a tremendous impact on the whole community.
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