>One thing to consider: the merits of objective procedures. When a community says "here's the procedure for how to get such-and-such privileges," and they are clear and scalable and don't depend on forming relationships with specific people, then that community reassures its members that it's being transparent, objective, and fair in distributing those privileges. This reduces a risk of unfair discrimination based on prejudice, and makes the user interface of the community a lot clearer for newbies. Of course, the procedures themselves become a center of discussion around what actually constitutes merit and what skills should lead to which privileges, and that sort of discussion should be happening anyway. And sometimes communities struggle to consistently apply the rules, but at least they're talking about that instead of letting the issue simmer beneath the surface.
google: how do I get the procedure for how to get such-and-such privileges?
So, google in a clear and scalable, objective way answers that, how do you tell you tell it's not google doing that, guess it's the policy vs mechanism thing...
You may think these things need to be scalable, more bureaucratic, but I notice that there are many linux devices physically around me right now, like the embedded MIPS linux controller in my TV, or ARM linux in my wireless router, phone...
And this is something that got created without a huge bureaucracy, you can just turn up on lkml without a quiz and see how it goes.
At the end of the day, none of these distributions would exist without the kernel that somehow got produced (with it's millions of lines of code and thousands of contributors) without quizzes/HR stuff.
I guess, I am asking why not just adopt that model, as it obviously works, seems scalable, produced good stuff over the last two decades?
Or are the people who actually produce the stuff that the distros use/sell/possibly make money with, on a daily basis just a bunch of statistics to be processed/filtered according to, well, a bureaucratic process?
google: what should I do now?
Play Knee Deep in zDoom :-) and stop trying to spell bureaucracy