Subtweet because I'm tired: dude who wrote some framework and made a killing admonishing people for daring to claim labor has value and warm fuzzies doesn't cover it? Same dude who screws over a community org that hosts his shit in the first place? Sigh

I'm gonna keep beating the damn drum that so long as we have a system that requires people work to live, permissive open source is just plain exploitation of free labor. This can only change if our current economic system becomes something else. Period.

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It's not about simply burnout or sustainability. It's about fairly compensating people's work -- and not just the work of folks who send patches in.

Modern open source is corporate exploitation with a thin veneer of warm fuzzies sprinkled on top in hopes no one will notice.

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I'm entirely in favor of building an altruistic Commons where people aren't counting pennies of value at each other to make sure everyone got their exact right share and instead focusing on everyone's needs.

But fuck if a CTO is gonna tell me that's what Rails is doing.

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I'm increasingly of the opinion that the way forward for us is to build a dual-purpose Commons: one where our communities can freely partake and share and collaborate and learn and build each other up, while those who seek to profit on their own terms put cold hard cash down.

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A friend suggested today that it's time for a manifesto and I agree. Another friend in another conversation mentioned that "free software" and "open source" are not relevant terms for what we need. I also agree.

It's time for something new. A new, community-centered ecosystem.

I want to see a world where we no longer center software developers in our endeavors. Where "source code" is no longer our main concern. GitHub created a world where we take source code for granted. Let's keep doing that!

Now stop taking for granted the labor that requires.

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Shout out to every meetup and conference organizer. Every collaborator who jumps into issue trackers and constantly answers questions. Every docs writer. Every person crafting and scaling project processes. Every person who QAs (pre-!)releases as they go out.

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Shout out to every woman who's had to make a post about "you guys" language. Every ESL speaker who has had to launch their own localization effort. Every disabled person who's had to remind maintainers about a11y. Every Black person who's had to deal with "master/slave" language

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It's time we stop fussing about source code.

It's time to start fussing about the incredible range of humans that have always made it possible.

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Oh, and just to bring it all around, shout out to for putting up with this dude for so long I fucking swear

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@zkat fussing about source code is my job. i won’t stop until we have a way to do internet without infrastructure.

@zkat Have you seen some people starting to talk about “user freedom”, rather than “free software”? Kinda like what you're talking about here.

I'm working with a creative partner on multiplayer games targeting a decentralized infrastructure. AGPL 3.0+ license on the code, Peer Production license on creative assets, distributed database, and open data. So, seemless transfer of authority to any hobbyist or collective and a fat finger to capture by capital (hopefully)

I'm systematically stepping through game genes to implement federated engines for each - auction, sector based, grid, boardgame, collectible card game - instead of iterating designs on a single engine

What I'm hoping to build is an ecosystem where player cooperatives operate games and crowd fund developers

But that manifesto... Yeah. It needs to happen. Capital is too comfy with free software and its born in captivity cousin, open source. I've been rather busy nailing down the implementation details so I don't have succinct labels for the architecture or philosophy


How about this:

"Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather..."

John Perry Barlow
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

@zkat I'd add "agile" to the list of terms that are not relevant for what we need

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