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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Up early; mail chew; merged a patch; chunk of admin.
Interested by the SJW discusion, and amazed to find myself
with some things to agree with Eric Raymond about.
Now that's unusual. Unfortunately - I also have some sympathy for
the Contributor Covenant:
people shouldn't be abused and harassed and the whole world should be a
pleasant place to interact. The covenant is also unusually good for not
including "giving offense" as a cause for action, that's some real progress.
I agree with Bradley
that Social Justice seems like an important goal to fight for; me too.
My problem is primarily around enforcement of what look like common-sense
To Matthew Garrett (and other Geek Feminists) this appears to mean
enforcing a glass-ceiling
for Christians (and other small c conservatives) in Free Software and
business. A ceiling based, not on their contributions or on anything they do in
the project - but based exclusively on their personal ethical stance and its outworking.
ie. "they disagree with me on (insert topic), so they should never have a
position of authority". Is that Social Justice ? - perhaps. What gets
to me though is the application of that: cheering on and justifying internet
mobs attacking those with different views and driving them from their jobs. That
is what really worries me. Eric captures this risk rather well I think.
Sadly, the structures to ensure justice that we setup, can be and often
are perveted to create injustice: part of the human condition. When it comes
down to decisions that profoundly impact people's livelihoods - knowing that
there is a fair, reasonable, balanced, compassionate approach to project
discipline, removed from the heat of the moment is vital. It is on this basis
that Eric also ironically fails:
his call to eject or shun SJWs is also not the solution; indeed it looks like
a mirror image of the basic problem (surely) ? I'd want to treat SJWs
contributions like anyone else's, and to treat them with respect,
and to try to winsomely persuade them that meritocracy as well as a
pleasant working culture is actually a good and just goal. Anyhow,
I'd like to hope that whatever a SJWs views, we can be friends and work
together (I have lots of respect for several people with that worldview,
not just Matthew ) - work together without polarising and excluding anyone;
I certainly value interacting with their viewpoint. My hope is that
we can remove the blatant personal attacks on both sides.
Drove into Cambridge to pick up some awkward hardware - to unwind
exactly what is going on with GL on Windows / HD 3000. Home; installed
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It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy.
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