Ah, so this is the article everyone's been talking about. Required reading, I think, for anyone who's joined in the past year or so. Thanks to @snowdusk_ for reposting it.
@trevorb @snowdusk_ This is a very interesting issue if you consider it as a mirror of the conflicts between startup founders and VCs that were common about 10 years ago. The problem can still arise in open-source projects without literal ownership or investment.
If we had multiple interoperating implementations, it wouldn't be anyone's platform, and there would be nothing concrete to quarrel over. But that wouldn't solve all the concerns in the article, or all the startups' problems either.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko