Yogi Yarns — If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up

Yogi Berra and Emily Post are out on a stroll. Emily sees a metal object blocking their path. She asks Yogi what to do. Yogi says, “If you come to a fork in the road, pick it up.” They continue their journey.

That’s really all you have to know about open-source and forking.

If you don’t like the way a project is being run, you just say, “You folks are toast. Stick a fork in your project. It’s done. I’m going to pick my up marbles — and your code — and go play with it myself.”

It’s the fear of that possibility that keeps everyone on their toes. You have to pick yourself up each and every day, doing your best to deal with all problems and controversies in the fairest possible way, because if someone else thinks they can do a better job there is nothing you can do to stop them.

Forking isn’t “bad.” It’s not “evil.”

Forking is wonderful. It’s the great pick-me-up of open-source, the flywheel that keeps everyone on the same path. It is a source of strength, not a sign of weakness.

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