As a follow up to my people post:
I was pleased to be reminded how many people are already working in this direction, such as Gimmie’s People menu, gossip-telepathy, and Project Soylent. I’m not claiming to be original. I’m convinced that we can get this done technically, and that we can get it done faster by encouraging people to work towards a coherent vision.
But this people thing is just one vision. Where are the others?
And I wonder, once someone has written these up sanely, how should we go about giving a plan an air of respectability? Can we brand a plan as official? I doubt that, but I think that’s OK. I’m sure we don’t need unanimous consent, but it would be nice to have some consensus, and it’s important to try to avoid clashing with alternatives if there are any. At the moment, I guess it would be enough for someone to just say “Here’s an XYZ plan for GNOME. Who’s thinks that would be good?” but maybe I’m being overly optimistic.
As always, I’m not under the illusion that anyone can make something happen by just saying it should happen. But a shared vision can make things more likely to happen.