Whoo boy, this is the most public statement I've ever signed:
Let's hope some good for #GNU comes of this all.
@offby1 They're not just there. The GNU private mailing list is basically nothing but RMS cheerleaders. I'm afraid of actually saying anything in there just 'cause I don't want to deal with the backlash of a thousand angry nerds.
@JordiGH Awesome! I wonder if it'd be an interesting thing, putting together an anonymized post of the abuse that came in?
I'm not a #GNU contributor, but I still dream for a day where there is respectable leadership at the top.
I would want the leader of the GNU project to not pull aside the recipient of an annual award, just before going on stage, and suggest that the leader was hoping the recipeint's project was software to promote sexual promiscuity and/or infidelity.
In other words, the leaderS of #GNU should demonstrate the value of their work in the world by being a good role model, and exhibit behavior that others can look up to.
In the US, we already have national politicians who behave poorly as described above. We don't need our #FreeSoftware "leaders" doing the same thing.
@JordiGH The first one happened to me personally. The second, one of the well known events. The third, summarizes the reactions over the past several weeks. Obviously, if someone wants more case studies, they are abundant throughout the Internet.
But far better to focus on what attributes future leadership should have. IMHO #FLOSS leadership is as much or more about interpersonal aspects as it is technical skills.
@shiba No, and honestly, GNU has never had the correct structure to even hold a vote. I expect most of the registered GNU maintainers are unreachable.
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