In an Outreach Workgroup conversation on Feb 2, 2023, the conversation turned to strategy for community growth, and I advocated - not for the first time - a more grassroots model. Historically Magma was built around business to business relationships driven like business development in a company, I said, and that flowed from the project's origin's as a Facebook corporate initiative. I advocated for a more grassroots model, looking for organic growth.
Other workgroup members debated whether such a model makes sense for a technology like Magma. It has high barriers to entry no matter what. A hobbyist is unlikely to be able to surmount those barriers. Moreover, the value proposition is mostly relevant only to businesses. (If I mistate this position, I welcome improvements!)
In this document I'll make the case that these positions are only opposed in ways that are superficial.
Magma Development is a Club
The researcher Nadia Eghbal has suggested a method of classifying open source projects along two axes: