Revision control: A fiefdom and a federation

This is a comparison of two web sites that are experiments in self-governance: Wikipedia and GitHub. As producers of content, both are immense successes, but the governance models (i.e., the rules and process by which content is written and kept) have grown to be very different. To a great extent, we can trace most of the differences in governance to a key difference in setup: one allows forking and the other doesn’t. Continue reading