I'm using the dictionary definition,
So am I. I guess you interpret it differently.
take it up with the whole of the rest of the world who you seem intent on rallying against.
Why do you think I'm writing on a public forum rather than sending you provate communications?
That's probably quite true. I can think of some examples where you're absolutely right, but I'm really not interested in flying off on a tangent and arguing about drama in the open source world.
Then you're already flying off at a tangent to my post. My post was written precisely to cover such cases.
That doesn't mean that merit doesn't count for anything, of course it does, but it's certainly not the whole picture there.
We seem to be in violent agreement. I note that you're implicitly counting those other things that make the community work as not merit. Which is kind of my point.
I don't know who this everyone else you talk of is, everyone else is typically content with the dictionary definition which defines a meritocracy as the holding of power by those with the most merit to complete the task at hand,
Well... yes. But you are kind of missing my point. You can complete the task at hand better than anyone else but be so obnoxious you cause any other decent employees to leave, leaving the one best canner and a bunch of bipedal monkeys. Your definition doesn't seem to account for secondary effects. Which was my point.