Online Communities Are Still Catching Up to My Mother's Garden Club

URL : https://hackernoon.com/online-communities-aint-got-nothing-on-my-mothers-garden-club-because-of-implicit-feudalism-gc2z34y4

Author : [[Nathan Schneider]]

Publisher : Hacker Noon

> The Internet has been plagued by a phenomenon I call β€œ[[implicit feudalism]]”: a bias, both cultural and technical, for generating absolutist fiefdoms. Think about it: When was the last time you participated in an election for a Facebook Group, or sat on a jury for a GitHub project? Implicit feudalism is how platforms nudge users to practice (and tolerate) nearly all-powerful admins, moderators, and β€œbenevolent dictators for life.”
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> – [[Online Communities Are Still Catching Up to My Mother's Garden Club]]

Software project governance should be participatory.

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