So this is not a "you are not our audience" post at all.
It's the opposite, actually, in that it asks, "do we invest too much interest and attention in certain individuals rather than pay attention to the whole audience?"
F/OSS projects, esp ones that focus on UI, have a historical tendency to raise individuals to unhealthy positions of unwaranted influence.
Remember JWZ and Netscape? Remember his inane and nearly constant rants that nobody remembers anymore but were rather influential at the time, to little useful long-term benefit? Remember how he told Icaza (or was it Nat?) that to get people working on difficult free software projects like groupware you needed to convince them that it was so 'sexy' that it would, proveriablly at least, get them laid? Remember how that was *the insight* of the year, became a rallying cry behind the Hula project and was adopted as a serious meme by various F/OSS projects? Over such a rediculous statement!
Who is getting laid for working on Kolab, Akonadi and Kontact, some of the most successful and capable Free software groupware? And where's Hula?
Yeah, we've been doing it for a long, long time and it causes more bad decisions and costs more wasted energy than it gives us. Remember that Hula was early 2005 .. and there are many more examples prior to that.
The point of the blog entry was to call for us to focus on our full audience. It was trying to get us to look at our whole audience, including but not exclusive to, for example, Linus.
It is also bigger than a question of audience: it is a question of unjustifiable and unhealthy influence we (as a community) bestow on certain individuals.
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