I am afraid that if my experience of Rick is typical that he is both needlessly hostile and
actively seeks to drive people he disagrees with away.
I would point out one additional point that should be made. I don't generally find the
"benevolant dictatorship" model to work for open soruce projects. Everyone wants to be that
benevolant dictatorship but very few succeed......
At the same time, one needs only to look at the politics involve in Debian to see that
democracy as such is not a great option either.
The best system (which I believe that PostgreSQL, LedgerSMB, and Ubuntu share) is that of the
non-representative (or meritocratic) republic. Who cares what everyone says, the core team
does what is right for the project, and is structured to minimize the impact of conflicts of
interest. You get the benefits of a dictatorship (freedom to do what is best for the project
with a minimum of unnecessary politics) with some of the safeguards of a democracy.