You learn a lot when dealing with large groups of people and put others in charge.

That’s a very valid point.
Last 24 h/day project I did involving thousands of people was running a Minecraft Server, and I had a large fleet of admins that more-or-less kept things in order. I had Australian admins, Turkish admins, Irish admins, Russian admins, Pacific Islander admins… and these were mostly kids running the show, although there were a large number of adults as well, all trustworthy enough.

Set up a good system, and it nearly manages itself, akin to the brilliance of McDonald’s corporation as it operates in the USA, who has entire food restaurants that are basically run by teenagers (in violation of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child but that’s the USA for ya)…

I also learned a lesson. I gave entire control to one member, so he could take my place. He did a fine job of running the place for the most part… even though his tactics were stricter than mine; MUCH stricter… but over time, he began eliminating nearly all of the admins (I had nearly 800 – I had *TOTAL Timezone coverage* without requiring scheduling) and he got it down to 7 and then to 0, changing ONE person at a time, interviewing them, rejecting them.

Ended up killing the server but as it was killing my hard drive, it wasn’t that much of a hardship. A little social experiment in leadership and it was interesting. I had to resist the urge to “step in” when he was doing things opposite of how I would do it because, even though I was technically in charge, I was, for all intents and purposes “not there” except to do the plumbing while my virtual son took reign of my kingdom.

Someday I’ll do a writeup on the experience. You learn a lot when dealing with large groups of people and put others in charge.

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