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Re: Tone policing by a member of the community team [Was, Re: Statement regarding Richard Stallman's readmission to the FSF board]

Le lundi 05 avril 2021 à 15:58:37-0700, Steve Langasek a écrit :
> Hi all,
> After some long thought, I believe this message warrants a public response
> (and discussion).
> The facts are these:
>  - an individual who is not part of the Debian community sent me (and other
>    people) a private, unsolicited email sharing his views on the current
>    topic of the day.
>  - I responded, privately, telling him exactly what I thought of him and his
>    views.
>  - He in turn forwarded my private responses to a public mailing list
>    without my consent.
> The response by Jean-Philippe, a member of the Debian Community Team, was a
> call for de-escalation and civility "by both sides"; i.e., tone policing.
> While I am no oppressed minority who is going to be turned away from Debian
> as a result of such tone policing, a member of the Community Team tone
> policing an ally who is categorically rejecting transphobia sends a very bad
> message to trans members of our community.  It shows that responding to
> transphobes by communicating using strong language that the Debian community
> rejects their views leaves one potentially subject to censure from the
> Community Team.
> I think the Community Team should do better.

Asking for de-escalation is not tone-policing.

Tone-policing is using the way some people tend to express their
opinion (generally violently, out of reaction to an attack they suffered
from) as a way to invalidate their opinion or criticize them.

Asking everyone to try remaining civilized when they interact is not an
attempt to invalidate what you could say or think, or to criticize you
as a person especially since you're not specifically targeted.

With best regards,

Pierre-Elliott Bécue
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It's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

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