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Re: blog.debian.org - technical planning

On 07/11/10 at 09:31 +0100, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
> > Talking with Ana, she wouldn't like that and (IIRC!) would prefer to
> > have a more standard blog engine a-la wordpress and, apparently, has
> > already had an agreement with DSA, as long as others do the
> > administration of the app. (Ana: please correct me if I don't remember
> > correctly, I'm digging in my memory from DebConf10, shame on me for not
> > posting this before!)  I'm very much for do-ocracy, so if Ana or anyone
> > else is up to administering a wordpress (or equivalent) running at
> > blog.d.o, by all means I'm fine with that.
> If it should be something dynamic instead of static, could we at least
> keep away from such a security nightmare hell of shit as wordpress is?
> I personally use MovableType, which has way less of a record than WP -
> and actually creates static pages for the readers. Its using dynamic foo
> "just" when you enable comments, so as long as you dont you can have an
> entirely static site, and have the dynamic part (editing of new stuff)
> behind some extra http auth or so to keep it away from possible
> attacks.
> (I don't care if its MT or an ikiwiki hat gets "better" comment support,
> or something entirely different. But using something that is as bad as
> WP, brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)


It seems that it is considered acceptable inside Debian to use words
such as "shit", "nightware", "hell" to describe software.

Each time I see such vocabulary used in that context, I can't help
thinking that software being described like that is probably written by
free software developers like us, that might have very good reasons for
having written code that has some problems. Most of us have written
quite a lot of free code, and some of it could also be critized quite
violently (and we would hate that).

I would like us to think twice before using such words, because the
developers of the software we are describing like that might very well
be listening, and it might drive them away from Debian, or demotivate
them from contributing free software again.

Regarding blog.debian.org, I think that we should provide the features
that most other blogs have been providing for years, including comments &
pingbacks. Not doing so because we think we know better would be a big
mistake IMHO.

- Lucas

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