when a project has one person who is significantly more visible than other contributors, speaking often and well, trying to make things happen by communicating outside the project, blogging on important issues, speaking at conferences… a funny thing happens. people seem to assume that person IS the project. they take his opinions as that of the project as a whole, believe that he somehow controls the project (a crazy notion when the project is as big and open as KDE), and some even seem to blame him personally for anything they dislike.
this isn’t good. not for the project, not for the individual. we should discourage people from treating anyone this way. we should try and keep anyone from falling into this position again. we don’t want celebrities.
after the recent drama, I imagine many contributors might want to hide away and make very very sure that they never get this kind of publicity. however, I think that would be bad. I think the problem isn’t exposure per se; it’s the relative levels of exposure for different contributors. when one person gets far more exposure than others, we run into trouble – so what we should try to do is have *lots* of people getting more exposure, such that no individual finds themselves out there alone. :)
we were discussing this on irc, and joked about creating an imaginary person to be the “king” of KDE, and have different people blog for it. then we realised that we’ve already got a place for news that isn’t from one single human being: the dot. apparently the dot editors would really like more articles. :) I think it’d be a good thing for the community if more people were to submit stories to the dot. they’d have to be a little more polished than a blog entry, but we have editors to help with that. the submission form looks a little, uhm, old – but hopefully kyle’s planned software updates will address that eventually. :)
Perhaps you’ve already written a good blog entry that could be transformed into a dot story easily (there was a nice folderview blog recently, maybe something like that should be on the dot). perhaps you’ve got something to say that’d interest the KDE community as a whole. don’t be shy, submit something! :) I’m going to try my hand at it soon… once I get caught up on soc. :P