Val's material is well written an argued. And I think it applies to a large subset of Free
Software. There are, however, a few points I would make (interestingly the gender division in
LedgerSMB looks a lot more like Val's diagram of the proprietary software world, so I guess
our project can be proud :-) ).
1: Dysfunctional communities should be abandoned anyway. We are not coding in dark rooms all
alone. The community is a community and includes social aspects. We will all be more
successful if we focus on that issue.
2: I suspect that there is also an OCD component to being a great hacker, and that societal
issues may influence the target of the obsessions (cleanliness vs security vs math vs software
engineering). THis is beyond what we can address as a community.
3: Our communities should be broader than the obsessive software engineering types. People
should feel welcome to contribute in whatever way advances everyone.