Iteration is not design
Todd Olson

One need only look at the jargon heavy, user-unfriendly content of any Wikipedia page on a technical subject (say anything in mathematics or physics) to see how uncoordinated iterations lead not to anything user-friendly, but rather to something designed to please a thousand different tiny niches. It always amazes me that hundreds of talk page comments are entirely readable, yet the final result, the actual page, is harder to understand than a random page on the subject pulled from the web.

Perhaps Wikipedia is not the best example, coming from a different realm to some degree, but the incessant flame/reversion wars, the needless pedantry, the confusing categories designed only to please a coterie of “editors” and so on do suggest that projects lacking a central control, or even central concept, can become rather chaotic.

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