I'm not philosophically opposed to what you're suggesting here. I am incensed, though, that it should be necessary.
So you think that you're entitled to getting software, free of cost, which is exactly the way you want it to be. The people who actually invest their time and effort into making these distros should, instead of doing what *they* think is the best course of action, do what *you* think is right, even though you don't feel like investing your time and effort into the project.
No, I think that people should follow my fucking example and listen to others, perhaps learning a little humility in the process.
I already told you I write FOSS; I scratch that itch when I need to. I have a fucking right to talk about this because I've walked the fucking walk. And I won't do you the indignity of asking whether you have as well.
I am trying to suggest that writing code is not the only useful role to be played in FOSS development. I am trying to suggest that we can't write all the code, all the time, so it behooves all developers to listen to their peers, if only to learn from their mistakes.
And now, you can perhaps go back and respond to the main question, which is why you think numbers matter in FOSS development?
All the people who maintain distros have considered and discarded your arguments. So why should I value your opinion over theirs?
Well, given that I told you that I've been a distro maintainer, your assertion is incorrect. Not all of us have discarded these arguments. Your assertion is a textbook case of No True Scotsman. But don't take my opinion in isolation; why not go ask Ian what his reservations are?
See, this is pretty much precisely my point. It's not that people's opinions are getting ignored. That happens all the time. It's that people aren't listening at all. And more to the point, that really critically important lessons of the past are being set aside merely because a small number of people have become convinced that they know a better way.
Again: in and of itself, that's not necessarily a problem. The problem here is that these particular people are wrong.