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Re: Gitlab Migration

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: Gitlab Migration
Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 23:37:47 -0400

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  > The above is literally my observations 
  > on our decision-making in the area.

The substance of your statement may be based on observations.  It may
be a valid position -- I don't know.  But the way you said it is

  > making sure that each
  > key binding that has been with us for a number of years, is left
  > unchanged for ever.

You have not had time to observe anything last "for ever".
None of us ever does.  That is an exaggeration, and it is sarcasm.

  >           We hate to risk inconveniencing existing users.

That is also a sarcastic way of making the point.

  > appealing to newcomers (and/or trying to adopt contemporary usability
  > practices) is of much lesser priority than,

Perhaps we do give it lower priority.  Perhaps it correct to do so.
It isn't bad to argue for the other position, but doing so with sarcasm
makes it more of a fight.

Sarcasm increases antagonism regardless of whether the point is valid.

If you don't try to avoid sarcasm, you will continue bringing acrimony.
Instead of convincing people, you're likely to entrench their positions.
Please agree to help keep discussion friendly.

Dr Richard Stallman (https://stallman.org)
Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (https://gnu.org)
Founder, Free Software Foundation (https://fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Famer (https://internethalloffame.org)

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