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If the community is lost then the system isn't worth it's source code

Told to me via email, and verified through other sources:

17 years ago an application with source code was bought off a vendor.
They had a core set of developers/managers and dbas who were by accident (rule change) made permenant at inflated salaries more akin to contractor incomes.
Around them was a group of long term Analyst Programmer contractors (up to 10 years ).
A small team of Business Contacts / Testers were also key.

Building airplanes in the sky

This is just such a brilliant analogy for IT