Community Imbalance Theory

All problems in community generated software that threaten the sustainability of the project are due to an imbalance between those consuming the software and those participating in building the software.

True technical “correctness” is a myth.

Culture drives decision making. Technical decisions follow culture, not the other way around.

Growth in use broadens the community using the software.

Broadening use of software necessitates broadening of the participants building the software.

Disparities between the users and participants will create tension.

Threats to the sustainability of a community sustained project are inherently rooted in these tensions.

Conclusions

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