A nice use of the term bike shed discussion describes the initial chaos of the Apache Geronimo project:

The momentum of the project is huge, and it appears we have reached the critical mass required for a success. However, we have some challenges to overcome. One of these is the nature of discussions on the mailing list -- we have had many bike shed type discussions thrashing minute details to death but choking out larger topics. In some cases, this has resulted in contributors collaborating offline and major changes happening with little public discussion.

-- Rogers Cadenhead

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