penny-farthing Trust me when I say I am by no means having folks "federate" around me, so let's try to dispel that idea 🙂 I'm very hands off on day-to-day operations of Solus, as my focus is on Buddies of Budgie. Don't get me wrong, really love all the work being done on Solus, but it shouldn't be attributed to me. There is a seriously badass team working on all parts of Solus now that actually have the authority and trust to take ownership of issues, make decisions and take action. That simply was not the case with the old leadership structure.
I would say that team communication is really great as well and while it's taken a bit for the team structure to more organically form and self-organize, things are really chugging along now. As a very relevant example with this blog post, @davidjharder took the lead on it with us in Comms Team collaborating on the blog post. David made sure it was up on the blog, we figured out a way of communicating it out to people, and the only thing I did as part of the process (beyond the collaboration) is the Mastodon and X posts. Remember when I used to always be the one posting on social? Check Solus accounts now and you'll see a very different and much healthier story!
The old leadership style basically would've meant: I write blog. I post blog. I talk about blog. I much prefer the new approach / ways and in the upcoming weeks when I'm furloughed, I'm going to be writing tooling to make it so even more team members are able to work asynchronously and be unblocked more frequently (e.g. post-sync ISO communication, OpenCollective export + import for mailing lists).
@ermo, @ikey and myself never would've gotten involved if there wasn't going to be new forms of leadership and ability for folks to take ownership of parts of Solus. We didn't want the Solus of old, the team that you see nowadays (and even returnees!) didn't want it, and the community wanted change too. Lots of Solus leadership ideas have been inspired by lessons learned and applied in BoB and Serpent.
So no, no rallying behind me 😛