The scene needs more XX chromosones pairs, but it's pure and right and true and honest and real to the fucking fullest. People are really trying to Do The Right Thing out here, and they (we) believe one can still do This and also Win. An affront to every cynical lesson you've been "learned" by jaded teachers, so take that to heart.
We're going to connect the world, you motherfuckers. And don't think you can stop us.
Contra that aggressive tone, the morning finds me still kind of optimistic and not at all hung-over, which I had sort of expected to be. I wonder if this sort of can-do spirit, verging on the giddy, is what the real pulse of the dot-com scene was like.
I can see how under these conditions it might be possible to squeeze out more investment than you'd really know what to do with (or deserve), but there's also a recognition here that money can complecate a project, that the volunteeristic nature of Drupal Core is part of what makes it so terrifically effective.
But it's not a pious thing, not like a bunch of folk-singers. People here are perfectly willing to go electric, or whatever. There are some implicit values that we're all chasing. Even if people have a hard time putting their finger on exactly what these all are and what they mean and stuff, one of them is clearly Massive and Total Popularity.
This is a human endeavor that revolves around community, and everyone knows it. Drupal is for the people.