What I see: I see PRs stalling. I see discussions circeling. Overall, I see very inefficient decision making processes. I see an overall situation that quite heavily chews on our all resources and prevents us from unlocking a (still) hidden wealth of progress, impulse and momentum.
Where I stand: This situation frustrates (not only) me. As a guy who likes fixing things at the root, it keeps me awake thinking about how to fix this (at the root). It would feel really incredible if we’d become a kick-ass efficient rock-n-roll community that has an easy time to completely take over the domain of system administration with skill and wit — in style.
What I want: I want you to join me in a grass roots way and try to improve the situation about decision making a little bit with your own interactions in the day-to-day works. Please do whatever you deem pertienent, however, I’ll suggest to apply and educate the two most fundamental conceptual guardrails of decision making: pareto-improvement vs trade-off.
I’d love to see PRs more clearly labeld as to which decision category they belong and help others to tell them apart.
A pareto-improvement is a new situation where some agents will gain and no agent will loose. The initial situation is called “pareto-dominated”.
A trade-off-improvememt is a new situation where some agents will gain and some agents will loose, and the net gain is (deemed) positive. The initial situation is called “trade-off-dominated”.
Why it’s important: A certain meta understanding of a particular argument helps all parties involed to develop that argument more productively. I also hope, that well identified pareto-improvements will get a better chance merging. A better chance at merging attributed to a clearly observable criterion (labeled “pareto-improvement”) incentivizes to autor pareto-dominated patches. So my assumption goes.
Note: this is a practical and immediately applicable spin-off motion carved out of the community manifesto draft. It is a normative meta post for all intents and purposes that seeks to inspire mind-share.