I've been reading about Mike Hearn's departure from Bitcoin XT. The supposed in-fighting between Bitcoin's core developers reads a bit like a soap opera.
It would be a shame if something similar were to happen with Ethereum, and there's no reason to expect it should. However, parallels between the technologies are always going to be drawn, if not simply because we're trying to create something decentralised while still having a centralised team of core developers.
These are the people who make decisions on how Ethereum is run and how it will develop, and these decisions affect all of Ethereum's users to one degree or another. As such, should questions about them be considered on-topic?
To give an example:
"Which for-profit companies does Mr Core Dev work for?"
(If there's already a blanket SE policy against questions about individuals that I didn't know about [nor could find], then apologies in advance.)