Har Har! I've never been called a "space pirate" before, but Isaac Asimov
did once call me a "rotten kid". :-)
>>> That the membership remains focused and well organized over the
>>> long haul.
"Characteristics of Chaordic Organizations
# Are based on clarity of shared purpose and principles.
# Are self-organizing and self-governing in whole and in part.
# Exist primarily to enable their constituent parts.
# Are powered from the periphery, unified from the core.
# Are durable in purpose and principle, malleable in form and function.
# Equitably distribute power, rights, responsibility and rewards.
# Harmoniously combine cooperation and competition.
# Learn, adapt and innovate in ever expanding cycles.
# Are compatible with the human spirit and the biosphere.
# Liberate and amplify ingenuity, initiative and judgment.
# Are compatible with and foster diversity, complexity and change.
# Constructively utilize and harmonize conflict and paradox.
# Restrain and appropriately embed command and control methods."
>>> Moderation is
>>> necessary, especially it seems, when the genesis of the project in
>>> question came from an April Fool's joke.
That's what search engines, killfiles, and Google Code Wikis are good for:
Plus the initial flurry has dropped off. Moderation also takes a lot of work
and creates other issues.
>>>> Finally, we must all realize that Google and Virgin Galactic are
>>>> businesses. Business will not open up its pockets to any project that
>>>> does not show a mechanism toward profitability. Wouldn't it be great
>>>> if this joke was transformed into the single biggest business venture
>>>> in mankind's history? The BoDs of these companies will only be
>>>> motivated by project proposals that demonstrate an ability to improve
>>>> the bottom line.
RedHat and Google both already profit using free technology