I'm back! And with a good outline for the #Spritely Crystal documentation. I think this is gonna be good.
@nev @brainblasted @catonano I agree that such communities try to use it as a dog whistle, but I think there are reasons to defend the principle, but the way white supremacists are using it *isn't* within the principle, which needs to be called out.
Some of the most important aspects of freedom of speech are also the freedom to filter and the right/responsibility to call someone an asshole, which many don't get... "you can't say that, it's their freedom of speech". Yeah I can; this is mine.
@nev @brainblasted @catonano This is really important IMO. Look at how Trump has expressed over and over that he'd love to see journalists punished and threatened. As bad as things are now, the only thing that's holding him back from that (and he would love to do it) is our tradition of freedom of speech and integrity in this culture. Nobody benefits from lack of freedom of speech more than a fascist.
Call white supremacists liars. They don't want freedom of speech, and we know it.
@nev @brainblasted @catonano White supremacists have *no interest* in actual freedom of speech; they're lying, and we should call them liars. Look at how differently they respond when they say something "controvercial" vs when someone says something they don't like. They'll claim they can say anything *unchallenged*, anywhere, because of freedom of speech (false), but threaten violence against those they disagree with.
@brainblasted @catonano Co-option of the term "free speech" scares me when by those who want to be allowed themselves to speak on all platforms but who are are more than willing to threaten people who speak in ways that they believe are oppositional to their own views. So-called FSEs are not consistent, and it's ok and even good for communities to define their own boundaries.
The muddying of the waters is also dangerous because free speech is one of the few defenses against fascism we have.
The two worst names in Spritely currently are "magenc" (immutable encrypted storage) and "crystal" (mutable encrypted storage), the former because it sounds terrible (and precedes the Spritely convention of hack-and-slash-rpg-tropes), the latter because of name collisions (but hey, using that convention means there will be some collisions by definition).
I'm vaguely thinking of renaming them to "chest" (Content Hashed and Encrypted for Storage and Transmission) and "boh" (bag of holding)?
In a weird "me day" coincidence, the LibreLounge episode where I talk with @cwebber and @emacsen about FOSS community development, is also available! https://librelounge.org/episodes/episode-19-community-development-with-deb-nicholson.html