I’m curious what this group feels about forking of an open source project and its community.
Background: I’m involved in an open source project and I feel like the current leadership has become entirely passive (which is fine, I expect nothing of their time, it is theirs to give as they can/wish). Unfortunately, I disagree with their decision that this is an acceptable way to lead a community and I have been thinking about forking.
The problems I see are that it means I have to fork the project (so renaming it at least) and then lobby against the current leadership in public, in an attempt to convince other community members to join the new fork. This feels like a strongly negative thing to be doing and troubles me very much.
I find myself reticent to contribute more to the existing community, which is harming it and making a fork feel more inevitable. This inherent bias also troubles me.
I’m curious how others have handled situations like this in the past, or general thoughts people have on the subject.