It's not (just) the clear direction, so much as publishing at least an outline/roadmap so that we can see it. ROL may well have a clear direction, but it's not much use to us if we don't know it.
As someone who works professionally on a very closed OS, as well as uses the very open Linux OS, there are advantages and disadvantages to both: open source is not the panacea it sometimes appears to be, but OTOH it's not all bad either, just so long as there is a specific direction.
What joke? The first time I saw it I assumed it was relevant to the poll in question, Thw second time I was just puzzled, the third time I posted I reqest asking the relevance and was told it was a joke, but whatever the joke was was not explained.
So. Again. I ask. WHAT IS THE JOKE? Or is it as I am now beginning to suspect, not a joke at all, but a joke at someone else's expense, which basically means that you are simply poking fun at this Dave Holden guy.
The other word for continually poking fun at someone who can't, or won't, answer back, is BULLYING!