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Discussion on: Discuss: Why do developers equate popularity with success for OSS projects?

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Richard Feldman

What do y'all think is the cause of this apparent linkage in the mind of The Developer?

I think it's a human default. "Who's the most popular?" was a question of major significance in grade school, and I don't think we outgrow the instinct to give it gravity.

In Elm's case in particular I could see someone interpreting "Let's Be Mainstream" to mean "Let's Be The Most Popular." It's hard to watch the first 60 seconds of the talk and conclude that's what he meant, but if I only knew the title and hadn't watched the talk, I might mistakenly assume "more adoption is better" was the central theme.