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Re: feeling intimidated for endorsing the GNU social contract

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: feeling intimidated for endorsing the GNU social contract
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2020 02:33:09 -0500

   The best solution to the problem is a public mailing list whose
   subscribers are limited to GNU stakeholders.  This would go a long way
   towards discourse civility, and is what was asked for in the beginning;
   you have the power to do such a thing.

This list is exactly for that, for anyone who is interested in the GNU
project.  We won't limit who is allowed to subscribe, since we wish to
welcome anyone -- even people like yourself.

Your behaviour and attitude is already leading to a slippery slope,
you not only wish to dictate what GNU maintainers must support, but
now you wish to limit discussion to those whom you find acceptable.

That is not something the GNU project will do.  Anyone who wishes to
be a GNU "stakeholder" is exactly that.  If you wish to have
discussion amongst GNNU maintainers, we already have such lists in
place.  All of this you know perfectly well.

   It is possible to ban people who have a pattern of problematic behavior.
   It too would go a long way to solving this problem.  You have the power
   to do this, also.

You already assume that this isn't the case already.  And as you can
see, that had the exact opposite result -- we cannot do anything when
people harvest email addresses and sends them unsolicited emails or
subscribes to lists -- this counts double for you, Andy.

   It is possible to be more vigorous in moderating.  You and Brendan took
   it upon yourselves the task of moderating this list, so this also is
   within your power.  
   And yet for some reason you used this power to let
   the message referred to in
   go through.

You make the bad faith assumption that the list is already not
moderated heavily.

If a user has not sent anything notoriously garbage like, they will
not be moderated.  That does not stop them from sending garbage later,
when they are no longer under moderation.

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