I was just catching up on some Eclipse Planet reading while waiting for a build, and came across a fun little dialog between Mike Milinkovich and Bjorn Freeman-Benson. Essentially there is some discussion is to how the Eclipse Foundation balances the needs of its for-profit members and its open source communities. This has been a long time souce of confusion for me, as once upon a time I did some small work on ECF. The problem was I always was confused about who the work was really benefiting. I could not come up with a good answer and so my interests moved on. I think to a large degree the Eclispe community is a community of software vendors, not individuals. While this is no surprise, it means the projects and work that happen in Eclipse are things that corporations want, more so than individuals. At least in comparison to some other communities I'm familiar with. While I see no problem, I understand why it might be difficult for the Eclipse community to attract a larger set of individual contributors. I look forward to seeing how the Eclipse community, the project, and users needs evolve over time.
An unexpected bonus to this reading was in uncovering the secret policy as to how Bug Labs may have been removed from the planet:
"In my mind at least, deleting someone from Planet is akin to designating them a troll."
While no smoking gun (for who's mind is it?) this points clearly to a reason why we were rather unceremoniously axed from the planet. Mystery solved!