|There's more than one way to do things|
... so he might get the impression that most of the community shared the views of a few most loud members
Yes, I think that can happen when those that incessantly question and raise objections to the plans being made are allowed to continue unchallenged.
I've seen numerous posts made in relation to the steering committee activities, and to the perl7 plans, where I've thought "just shut the fuck up, and let them get on with it !!".
But, of course, I've said nothing. After all, I'm certainly no expert.
It's sad ... I felt that perl was in good hands while SawyerX was at the helm, and yet I've done nothing to encourage him to stay there.