Saturday, July 13, 2013

Liquid democracy is a failure most of the time

liquid democracy, is a form of democratic control whereby voting power is vested in delegates, rather than representatives
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delegative_democracy‎

liquid democracy in software development 
A project shaped by liquid democracy never gets finished .

A classic example is
An European developer project called bewelcome
http://www.bewelcome.org/forums/s1785-On_groups_and_forums
http://www.bewelcome.org/forums/t263-forum
http://redmine.bewelcome.org/projects/welen/wiki/Team
http://redmine.bewelcome.org/projects/welen/wiki/Development
http://lists.bewelcome.org/pipermail/bw-dev-discussion/2013-March/010846.html

where the users brainstorm to create a better forum . But to no leadership and constant liquid democracy a simple functional forum cannot be released since the  formation of the site bewelcome.

The site was created by a group of users who did not like the leadership at Hospitality Club and Couchsurfing. And they decide their new site would not have a single leader ,but always be a group initiative. It sounded really good in the beginning ,but after almost eight years the founders and developers have not been able to event gets a function site which viet (HC) and casey (Couchsurfing) created themselves (one man armies) . The developers at bewelcome criticized the code at both these sites,but never could replicate the basic functionality of these sites.

Learning take away :- A project run on a liquid democracy system cannot achieve speed and  functionality by a single developer who is totally focused on a project .

http://lists.bewelcome.org/pipermail/bw-dev-discussion/
http://lists.bewelcome.org/pipermail/bw-dev-discussion/2013-March/010778.html

Holacracy may be the answer
http://holacracy.org/constitution
http://firstround.com/article/How-Medium-is-building-a-new-kind-of-company-with-no-managers#

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