Re: Volunteer software efforts ...
>>"bruce" == bruce <email@example.com> writes:
bruce> Richard, I found the "gypsy" message posted by Manoj most
bruce> offensive, both the ethnic slur (Gypsies are real people, and
bruce> have been abused much as the Jews have been: driven from
bruce> country to country over centuries made the scapegoat for crime)
bruce> and the implication that we were non-contributors pretty darn
Oh, I was trying to be offensive.
I get that way when I am told that I cannot make rational
decisions and I go out of my way to be offensive. I was merely living
up to my reputation.
Though I do not actually subscribe to Tom's view about
``gypsies'', the parable has a certain value. I shall not apologize
You missed the point, if you think that the parable knocked
non-contibutors, or that only non-developers had a corner on being
stupid. There is nothing to indicate that the cohorts of the Bright
Young Man did not, on occasion, help each other out on the pristine
beach; and no indication that some may have been more forthcoming
than the others.
The parable knocked rude and obnoxious non-contributors, who
demand things be done hteir way, and who think they are on a pedestal
since obviously all this work is done for their benefit. The key
words are : RUDE, DEMANDING and UNGRATEFUL.
I have never been less than polite to request for help or
modification in my packages; and I remain civil as long as a modicum
of civility is extended to me. I never label people pejoratvely
unless they have themselves caled me names (pinhead programmer comes
to mind); and the parable I posted was aimed at them.
If there was any collateral damage, I do apologize.
bruce> This was certainly a low moment in Debian's history.
I think it is a low moment in Debian's history whenever we
have to defent ourselves to a leading luminary of Debian after being
insulted in a public list.
If you don't disturb yourself, like a broken gong does not vibrate,
then you have achieved nirvana. Irritability no longer exists for
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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