RE: Debian and Politeness
Delurking for a fast minute.................
Also, too: the way I understood it is possibly or amongst other things as a reference to an article published in New Media & Society which was mentioned on this list I think a few months ago. The article (whose exact title and author evades me right now but I could produce it if required) said that while FOSS is _supposed_ to be purely meritocratic a case could be made that arguments are won not just on the merits but also because of the more or less vehement / aggressive style of the communication. So meritocracy was said to be inflected by traditional male communicational values (prove your worth through verbal jousting etc).
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Subject: Re: Debian and Politeness
2013/5/20 Angela Fuß <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Hej Miriam,
>> Free Software is about meritocracy and elitism, or at least it
>> pretends to be.
> Can you explain that part a bit more?
> Is that something that you sense or think how it is?
> Or is it something that people say about Free Software or Debian?
> Does Debian want to be a community with meritocracy and elitism in your point of view?
> I think I do not really get what you want to say with that sentence. And as I consider it a very interesting statement I thought I better ask....
Well, it is generally considered that Free Software projects are a
meritocracy , meaning that "an elite group of people whose progress
is based on ability and talent rather than on class privilege or
wealth" . Ideally, whenever a project is ruled by pure meritocracy,
people would occupy a position in it according to their capacities,
work, effort and results, instead of being randomly positioned.
As nice as this idea might be, there's a big part of it that it's just
part of a myth : "If you have the right background, and contribute
in the right area in the right way,
FOSS actually can act as a meritocracy, and frequently does".
Meritocracy in Free Software is a myth in the same sense as fairness
and equality in occidental societies, or objectivity in science.
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