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I've seen it suggested that the Millenials, like the Boomers, are a population bulge, meaning that there will never be a time when Gen X has anywhere near a majority in electoral politics. In this model, as the Boomers decline, Gen X is skipped and the torch of power over social and political institutions is passed directly to Millenials, who seem to be just as polarized as Boomers, if not more so.

"Over the next decade, Generation X will inherit control of states and other major institutions from the Baby Boomers. The subcultural mode is native for Generation X—which suggests that politics may soon shift toward a more Archipelagian, and less polarized, model."

Correction: just realized that was from a blurb *about* Gretchen's book, not a direct quote from her. Ooops ...

"Language is humanity’s most spectacular [set of] open-source project[s]"

In this analogy, the core maintainers are the editors of dictionaries. Users of language can follow the standard package encoded in dictionaries, but are also free to modify to fit their needs and preferences, and share their customizations with their neighbours.

one of the biggest differences between the eras dominated by cinema, TV, and the net is the distribution of devices. Now it's 1+ per person. The most common number of TV sets was one per household. The most common number of cinemas, before TV began to displace it, was one per neighbourhood.

I understand that a big chunk of the much higher cost of the (relative to the PinePhone) is because they are also giving a lot of funding to developers working on porting GNU/Linux OS and apps to mobile. Pine64 have promised full transparency about how much funding comes in and how it's shared out. It would be great to see @purism do the same.

The community have committed to giving all the profit from the sale of the (about US$10 per unit) to the developers of the OS software that runs on it:

I still think the Governance Model has a lot of useful insights to offer about how such a structure can work for both users and devs (or creators and audience in a non-code commons):

promoted this almost 10 years ago now. IMHO they were way ahead of the curve and as with , it's sad their project didn't survive.

Also to structure free code projects in ways that create more semi-permeable layers between users and devs, so the user community can protect devs from users being dickheads, while still allowing helpful feedback to reach them.


I have way too much time on my hands ...

Also to structure free code projects in ways that create more semi-permeable layers between users and devs, so the user community can protect devs from users being dickheads, while still allowing helpful feedback to reach them.


I have way too much time on my hands ...

As a non-coder who tries to be a helpful user and support rather than demand (hopefully I succeed more often than I fail), I feel like there's a need to for users to organize ourselves, and train ourselves in how to file useful bug reports, help efficiently with triage, make feature or UI requests and take part in roadmap planning more diplomatically and in the right place for a project's workflow (eg the user support forums instead of the bug tracker) etc etc.

TL;DR the desire to contribute (both time and money) is there, but it needs to be channeled and focused.

Also many people think they *are* contributing by haranguing devs about their particular school of identity politics and whatnot. Don't get me wrong, some great non-coding contributions are made in making free code projects/ services more inclusive etc. But I've seen people in the fediverse going about that in the most toxic ways. I really feel for the lead dev of Mastodon in particular, who seems really well-meaning and cops far more of that than anyone deserves.

I don't believe the problem is a lack of willingness to contribute. It's a) chronic inequality that means most people really can't afford a coffee a month, and b) a lack of transparent, reliable systems for collecting many small donations and distributing them sanely, instead of folks sticking dollar bills in whatever hole in the dyke they happen to see.

People running commons projects are asking their users/ audiences to buy them a coffee once a month, and fair enough. We deserve that. It's so little, right? But imagine if you tried to give that much to every piece of software you use (including all the dependencies), every net service, every blog you read, every activist org you support etc etc. I can now afford to donate a bit (unlike the 20 years I was on welfare), but I'm paralyzed trying to figure out where to start.

People are saying the burnout is about a lack of funding but I'm not so sure. Maybe in some cases. But I suspect it has more to do with the increasingly stressful (even toxic) experience of being in the community. The culture wars for example. But also a massive increase in users getting involved (which is good) but being pushy and demanding instead of collaborative and diplomatic.

"As before, due to burnout and other obligations this roadmap has no timelines."
- developer

It's always sad to hear that people working on the commons are struggling with . I know what that's like. I've been running on low-energy, post-burnout mode since about 2014 or so. It sucks. It's exasperating to struggle through what ought to be sime tasks and not knowing when (if ever) I will get my mojo back.

: don't post exasperated. It makes you come across like much more of an asshat than you really are.

To be clear, addressing inequalities and oppression is important work that we all need to be doing as best we can. But my experiences here suggest that talking to random people on social media is not a productive way to go about it.

if ever you find yourself tempted to ask identity politics posers on social media to have an honest discussion about what their actual needs are, do yourself a favour. Walk away from the screen, find a hornet's net, and stick your hand in it. It's less painful, and avoids giving narcissistic bullies an opportunity to enjoy being offended by everything you say and dog-piling you about it.

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