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.
I endorse this thread from @ThatAndromeda@twitter.com about it being time for the Free Software Foundation to have a new President.
@gaditb Ooh okay. I thought Minecraft came from space! But thank you, I see the way of things now.
@poppyhaze Oh good, there's a happy ending! https://www.reddit.com/r/actuallesbians/comments/d2r012/i_19f_girlfriend_of_my_20f_roommate/
@esten Oh, that's why my feed is so quiet! No syndicated sparkling Cara wit and transit selfies.
@zkat Kat. Are you okay? Blink twice if you need an intervention.
@uint8_t Do I have this stuck in my head because seeing this prompted it, or did you post this because Mi Mi Mi is stuck in our heads?
I'm struggling with a community development phenomenon that's been going on for a while around me, particularly in tech-centered Slack groups.
Something about the affordances of Slack combined with the tendencies folks to like to organize things, but aren't thinking about social schemas ends up making it arranged topically.
There's a problem here: relationships span topics. There's clusters of interest broader than that, and even then, it puts relationships secondary to topic.
One does wonder if the companies building off open source would respect those terms, though, or if they'd keep using that project along with those Sublime Text installations that keep telling them to register.
There are organizations dedicated to enforcing free software licenses (such as @conservancy) but enforcement is likely a slow and expensive process.
@zkat The desire for popularity is real; acknowledgement, renown, knowing something you created is succeeding in the wider world.
As is the fear that if you *don't* grant the permissive license, that work will be overlooked, and in its place will be other implementations, either open source or internal proprietary work that never makes it to the broader ecosystem.
I think there's also another lure there, which is that we hope that if it's popular we'll get a *better* return on our time, because other people (including paid employees) will contribute to it.
I haven't seen anyone try to come up with statistics on that, but I think the chances of that happening are pretty slim in practice. But it's such an attractive idea!
Growing that kind of involvement also takes a lot of interpersonal project management skills, far beyond just committing some code that does a thing well.
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