What RMS, Torvalds and the like cost us
For every gross dude you tolerate, there's almost certainly several people who are pushed out of that space you created for him
The more influential the gross dude, the more people will emulate him and help to push out even more people
And it's mostly women who get pushed out
So for the likes of RMS and Torvalds, the damage they have done to the field of Computer Science may be incalculable
Read how RMS reacted a decade ago to criticism and compare it to how he's acting today... Just as petulant as ever— RMS is never wrong or full of shit, just misunderstood.
There are plenty of smart people out there that aren't "misunderstood" as consistently, or who handle criticism badly as this jerk.
Get better role models.
Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.
I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.
Boosts gratefully appreciated.
RMS and the free software community
The lesson I want people to take from RMS' jump-before-pushed resignation:
"Your heroes and role models will be held accountable for being a jerk. If you emulate their behavior, you will also be held accountable."
The lesson the problem people will take: "SJW waaaaah!"
I think it's important that we repeat the better lesson.
Can't possibly think why, but I'm re-reading Weizenbaum's "Science and the Compulsive Programmer", which was his dig at hacker culture at CSAIL when rms was there. (Some parts quoted here: https://www.sac.edu/AcademicProgs/Business/ComputerScience/Pages/Hester_James/HACKER.htm )
"I feel we can’t continue to have a formal association with the FSF or the GNU project when its main voice in the world is saying things that hurt this aim."
The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.
A busy weekend.
Attached is my post to the #FSF member forum on Friday.
Enough is enough.
It's long past time the board exercised their duty under Article VI Section 7 of the bylaws and vote him out. I understand that they have tried before but failed. But by now, his behavior is doing serious harm to the public interest the public charity is chartered to support.
Many other folks have also cancelled their memberships over the weekend.
There are some people who pay attention to how balanced a conversation is and, when they notice that someone has not been able to speak as much as they wanted, they give them a chance to talk, even if it derails the conversation.
I always appreciate it and I should be more explicit in my gratitude for them.
Making the computer boxes do what they're supposed to, and nothing else
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