Although not truly part of the official dogma of open source projects / philosophy, the Benevolent Dictator is an accepted understanding that most projects will have a founder and leader to push it in a certain direction and make decisions about when improvements, upgrades, rewriters and other changes must be made. The Benevolent Dictator exists somewhere in the middle of a continuum that spans autocratic God King on one end, and perfectly democratic, collaborative projects on the other.

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