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Re: Endorsement of the GNU Social Contract

From: Christian Grothoff
Subject: Re: Endorsement of the GNU Social Contract
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 18:06:43 +0100
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Dear Ludovic,

You have now, for the second time, send me a message as part of a
mass-mailing to a list to which you added me without my consent.  This
is spam and illegal under European law, as the data subject never
consented to you processing the data.

More interestingly, repeatedly asking for me to sign your "Social
Contract" is clearly a form of harassment in violation of your own
"Social Contract".

Please stop.


On 2/14/20 5:26 PM, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> Dear GNU maintainer,
> Today is “I Love Free Software” day and we want to thank you for being
> part of GNU!
> You are receiving this message because you are listed as responsible for
> a GNU package in the ‘maintainers’ file on  If you
> think this is inaccurate, or if you no longer want to be contacted about
> this initiative, please let us know about it.
> On January 28th, we emailed you regarding on-going work by the authors
> of this message to devise a “GNU Social Contract”.  The goal of this
> document is to formulate a common core set of values for the GNU Project,
> on which we can jointly build to form a stronger community.  It is both
> an agreement among us, GNU contributors, and a pledge to the broader free
> software community.  Additionally, we think it can be a first step towards
> formalizing a transparent and collective governance of the GNU Project.
> We received a number of questions and suggestions on the first draft of the
> document, witnesses to our collective approach to shaping a document that
> can help us go forward together.  We discussed all the input with great
> care; it is documented, together with the adopted resolutions, at:
> The result of all this is version 1.0 of the GNU Social Contract as appended
> below, which can also be seen at:
> We believe that the outcome is an even snappier document, which lays out
> our common foundations even more clearly, and thank everyone of you who
> contributed to improving it.
> We now invite you to send a message, by February 24th, preferably signed
> with your OpenPGP key, to (private alias) and
> optionally to (public mailing list), containing
> one of the following statements:
>   • I, maintainer of package X, endorse version 1.0 of the GNU
>     Social Contract, available at
>     <>.
>   • I, maintainer of package X, do not adhere to version 1.0 of the
>     GNU Social Contract, available at
>     <>.
> The current status is maintained at:
> Thanks in advance for your participation!
>   - Ludovic Courtès
>   - Andreas Enge
>   - Carlos O’Donell
>   - Mark Wielaard
>   - Andy Wingo
> ········································································
> # GNU Social Contract 1.0
> ---
> These are the core commitments of the GNU Project, which creates and
> distributes a software system that respects users' freedoms.
> ## The GNU Project respects users' freedoms
> The GNU Project provides software that guarantees to all users the
> _Four Essential Freedoms_, without compromise:
>   0. The freedom to run the program as they wish, for any purpose.
>   1. The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does
>      their computing as they wish.
>   2. The freedom to redistribute copies so they can help others.
>   3. The freedom to distribute copies of their modified versions to others.
> The GNU Project adopts policies that encourage and enable developers
> to actively defend user freedom.  These policies include using
> _copyleft licenses_, designed to ensure that users’ freedoms cannot be
> stripped off, when appropriate.
> Besides upholding the Four Essential Freedoms, the GNU Project pays
> attention to new threats to users' freedom, and responds to them as they
> arise.
> ## The GNU Project provides a consistent system
> The GNU Project develops an operating system, the _GNU System_, as well as
> a set of applications.  Each software component developed by the GNU Project
> is referred to as a _GNU package_.  GNU package developers work together to
> ensure consistency across packages.
> ## The GNU Project collaborates with the broader free software community
> The GNU Project works together with other free software projects to
> advance its goals, and aims to extend the reach of the project beyond
> the GNU System.
> ## The GNU Project welcomes contributions from all and everyone
> The GNU Project commits to providing a harassment-free
> experience for all contributors.  It wants to give everyone the
> opportunity of contributing to its efforts on any of the many tasks that
> require work.  It welcomes all contributors, regardless of their gender,
> ethnicity, sexual orientation, level of experience, or any other
> personal characteristics.

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