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rms, fsf 

The worst part about RMS being back on the board of the FSF (from my perspective, YMMV) is that this submarine bullshit of "hey, guess who's back" undermines the very foundation of trust and openness that the FSF is supposed to foster.

"Don't trust corporations with your private data or they'll do bad things with it" rings fucking hollow when "trust us to be above board with our openness" is met with an end-run announcement that someone who has lost trust is back on the board.

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@craigmaloney

When we have cons back in meatspace, I think I need to get a T-shirt that says "Don't Trust Anyone Associated With RMS" for, say, Penguicon.

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@mwlucas "Certificate revoked: RMS". (TLS Mastery).

rms, fsf 

@craigmaloney Exactly. I feel betrayed that the FSF would put RMS's ego over their own wellbeing

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@craigmaloney This demonstrates why I don't believe in the principles that the Free Software Foundation has always stood for: Moralistic grandstanding and one-upmanship.

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@craigmaloney
This is proven by what outcome they get, which in the best-case scenario, is to determine who is on the righteous victim hero team and who is on the villain team, in some melodrama. The FSF has never shown the slightest concern with looking at what outcomes they get and determining whether it changes anything in unfree software.

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@craigmaloney
RMS is entirely characterized by alienating friends and foes alike, in the hope that someday his own pressure campaign (those who he impotently wishes to "cancel") might, in some unspecified way, pressure non-free computing users into changing.

That's why, when he was pressured into resigning, never has a punishment more suited the crime.

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@craigmaloney And indeed, moral panic pressure campaigns only further embolden the supporters of whoever got pressured, and as a result, they end up better off than before they were targeted by a pressure campaign. That's what we're seeing happen here. Every part of the social system of his supporters and detractors is a Matrioshka doll of provocation and righteousness.

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@craigmaloney I hadn't heard this but it certainly sounds like the wrong choice. I want to like the fsf

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@craigmaloney
Pretty much just reminds everybody that they are a personal project of RMS and will never stand on their own.

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@craigmaloney i still like him because i did a book report on his memoirs in high school in 2004 and i got a B- on it, which was a pretty good grade, for me.

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