Let me start off by admitting that I fall into the "put all her guts into making it work, got disillusioned, and have no intentions of trying it again soon" category. But, hopefully, there are some lessons learned that can help others. . .
I planned, almost single handedly, the structure, equipment, meals, and snacks for a communal kitchen that fed 14 people this year. I was the first to arrive on playa from my camp, so it was me that constructed the kitchen structure (with help), me that arranged the interior workspaces, and me that felt most responsible for monitoring things to keep it clean, keep the food cool, etc.
First mistake: One planner equals one person who feels a significant stake in the outcome. Everyone had assigned shifts to cook and get ice, but rarely did anyone else show the concern I did for keeping the space orderly, making sure clean dishes were covered up from dust storms, or checking that the coolers had enough ice periodically.
Second mistake: Assuming that other people (with whom I had not camped before) would exercise what I considered common sense in regards to pitching in with kitchen duties. Examples: I didn't think it necessary to give lectures in "how to wash dishes without creating a lake on the floor of our kitchen and generating 8 gallons of grey water". I didn't think it was necessary to specify that it was a good idea to drain a cooler of luke-warm water before re-filling it with ice. Apparently, it was.
Third mistake: Giving inexperienced campers decision-making power over the menu. Recipes primarily based on perishable ingredients have no place on the 6th day of a camping trip. And labor-intensive dishes have no godly chance of being fully realized by a bunch of hung-over, sleep deprived first-year burners.
Luckily, I subscribe to the school of thought that asks not whether the fun you had at BM was worth the effort, but whether what you learned this year was worth the effort of attending. (Yes, I think it was.)
No, I won't be attempting a group kitchen next year. But yes, I would be willing to try again in the future. . . *IF* I was one of multiple planners, and *IF* I had previously camped with a majority of the people involved.