So, I retired from Gentoo the other day. It was great while it lasted, but the developer atmosphere really became something that was "not fun" to be part of. There is too much arguing, too many people that probably shouldn't be devs to begin with, and too many people putting forward silly ideas that they didn't think through at all. Everyone finds something to argue about, and people can not just agree to disagree and try to work towards an acceptable solution. Its really a sad state of affairs to see something I used to love doing become something I found to be a chore.
So, my question for everyone is...is this something common with all open source projects? Do all of them start turning into projects that have flamewar after flamewar on their development mailing lists? Do all of them have developers that forgot they were once users themselves and treat people like crap? If so, I must really have an incredibly idealistic view of what open source projects should be all about. I always thought it was something like minded people did to give back to the community, and to work together. It seems that I may have been mistaken though...but I hope not...because I really do think that there are people like me hoping for the same nice environment to work in.