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Re: Endorsing the GNU Social Contract

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Endorsing the GNU Social Contract
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 05:37:23 -0500

While GNU maintainers and volunteers are free to endorse anything they
want, this is not a document that is affiliated with the GNU project.

I suggest everyone to read what the GNU project stance is:

    Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2020 18:26:51 -0500
    From: "Richard Stallman (Chief GNUisance)" <>
    Subject: What's GNU -- and what's not
    The GNU Project is sending this message to each GNU package 
    You may have recently received an email asking you to review a
    document titled "GNU Social Contract" and then to endorse it or reject
    it.  It does not entirely accord with the GNU Project's views.  It was
    created by some GNU participants who are trying to push changes
    on the GNU Project.
    The message also proposed to "define" what it means to be a "member of
    GNU", and cited a web page presented as a "wiki for GNU maintainers",
    It may have given the impression that they were doing all those things
    on behalf of the GNU Project.  That is not the case.  The document, 
    wiki, and the proposed idea of "members" have no standing in the GNU
    Project, which is not considering such steps.  The use of a domain not
    affiliated with GNU reflects this fact.
    GNU package maintainers have committed to do work to maintain and add
    to the GNU system, but not anything beyond that.  We have never
    pressed contributors to endorse the GNU Project philosophy, or any
    other philosophical views, because people are welcome to contribute to
    GNU regardless of their views.
    To change that -- to impose such requirements -- would be radical,
    gratuitous, and divisive, so the GNU Project is not entertaining the
    idea.  Likewise, we will not ask package maintainers to be "members"
    instead of volunteers.  If you contribute to GNU, you are already a
    member of the GNU community.
    The wiki that they set up "for GNU maintainers" represents them, not
    the GNU Project.  People are always free to publish what they think
    the GNU Project should do, but should not presume it will be accepted
    or followed by the GNU Project.
    Dr Richard Stallman
    Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project (
    Founder, Free Software Foundation (
    Internet Hall-of-Famer (

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