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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Oh, and just to bring it all around, shout out to @firstname.lastname@example.org for putting up with this dude for so long I fucking swear
@zkat fussing about source code is my job. i won’t stop until we have a way to do internet without infrastructure.
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