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Re: (False) License Statements [Re: Bug#180798: ITP: multisync -- A program to syncronize PIM data]

Scripsit Don Armstrong <don@donarmstrong.com>
> On Thu, 13 Feb 2003, Henning Makholm wrote:

> > In such case it could have potentially troubleful to have real-life
> > license statements floating aroung, and probably quoted out of context
> > by people who are not careful with relating the full context of the
> > quote.

> Quotes taken out of context are often dangerous.

Yes, and because people *will* take quotes out of context, I suggest
trying to make them less dangerous as far as it can be done with
simple means.

> I don't believe obfuscating what is being discussed is necessarily the
> proper way to go about ensuring that the context is made clear,
> especially if it inhibits the discussion that is ocurring.

The word "obfuscating" was to be taken somewhat lightly. I don't think
that replaing the author's name with "NN" and the program's name with
"<The Program>" would inhibit the discussion notheworthily.

Please note that I'm not trying to criticise you personally for not
having obfuscated (or whatever) your example statement, even though it
happened to be your message that prompted me to raise the issue.

Henning Makholm                              "Det må være spændende at bo på
                                       en kugle. Har I nogen sinde besøgt de
                               egne, hvor folk går rundt med hovedet nedad?"

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