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    BDFL is the only way (imho) to run a programming language project.

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      While non BDFL run programming languages certainly exist, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that succeeds in remaining simple long term.

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        Scheme?

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          Well, Cunningham’s Law strikes again I guess :D

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          SML, maybe?

          I think the alternate solution is to make the management so diluted decision by committee so that nothing gets done; perhaps to the point of atrophy. Though you usually get eventual bursts of activity.

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            AWK comes to mind, with three designers, multiple forks and reimplementations, and a sprawling ecosystem.