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Re: inappropriate racist and other offensive material



On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 06:04:14PM +0000, Lazarus Long wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 12:47:25AM -0700, Adam Conrad wrote:

>  > > -----Original Message-----
>  > > From: Lazarus Long [mailto:lazarus@overdue.ddts.net] 
>  > > Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:55 PM
>  > > 
>  > > Yo family's so black, when they hold hands, it looks like a 
>  > > stretch limo.
>  > > 
>  > > There's no excuse for racism in Debian.

>  > So, your take is that Debian should censor upstream so we can be more
>  > politically correct?  If you don't appreciate the author's off-colour
>  > humour, then don't use his script(s).

>  > When Debian starts making decisions about what is and isn't appropriate
>  > for our users to see, that's when I stop contributing.  We should not be
>  > about censorship.

>  > ... Adam Conrad

> Again,  there is no excuse for racism in Debian.  Other packages have
> elided the inappropriate material in the past, as they should.  An IRC
> client has no business being racist.  Debian is a distribution that
> specifically caters to children; note the debian-junior project.  As it
> stands, your package is inappropriate to be on the box my daughter uses.

While I also deplore racism, if you're concerned about children being exposed
to ideas and attitudes that you consider unacceptable, then a quote buried in
an IRC script should be the /least/ of your concerns.  In close to ten years
on the Internet, I have *never* seen an IRC network to which I would apply
the words "polite society", and the probability of being exposed to
objectionable language and behavior coming from real IRC users is much
higher than the risks from a simple kick script.

If you're this worried about offensive speech, you should dpkg --purge all
packages with 'irc' in the name, and block IRC at the firewall.  End of
story.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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