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Re: A "cosmetic changes" commit that removes security fixes

From: Léo Le Bouter
Subject: Re: A "cosmetic changes" commit that removes security fixes
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 11:13:28 +0200
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On Wed, 2021-04-28 at 17:52 +0200, Marius Bakke wrote:
> Léo,
> We maintainers have been disappointed by Marks harsh tone which do
> not
> meet the project's communication standards, but also by your apparent
> lack of will to reply constructively to legitimate criticism.
> This is the next in a series of incidents.  The incidents are okay
> --we
> we all make mistakes and that's how we learn--but we interpreted your
> responses all too often as dismissive and defensive, rather than
> understanding and forward-looking.  This has been causing unnecessary
> friction and stress, and is not how we envision peaceful
> collaboration.
> I'm sorry to say your commit privileges have been temporarily
> suspended.  After one month, you are invited to get in touch with the
> maintainers collective and discuss next steps.
> You have done terrific work in Guix in the short time you've been
> around: from the POWER9 port, to the many security fixes,
> to tracking and reporting issues, and suggesting improvements to the
> tools.  I hope you'll eventually rejoin to collaborate in the
> peaceful
> and empathetic fashion that this project encourages.


To make a statement about this on the public mailing list also, I think
such suspension is largely unfair and unjustified.

It seems I am expected to do peaceful collaboration with people who are
not writing messages in a non-violent manner, and I refuse to engage
further in that context. I do not want to answer Mark or anyone else
who does not write in a friendly way. If that means I cannot be a GNU
Guix contributor then I will not be any longer. It means for me that
GNU Guix is not a safe place for me to contribute to.

I think if anyone expects me to not answer in a dismissive or defensive
way then also they must think of the message they're writing if it is
encouraging a confrontational response or peaceful collaboration. I
don't feel like I have been hindering peaceful collaboration at any
time, since everything I've done in GNU Guix was collaborative work.
With many people in the GNU Guix community everything goes well and is
very peaceful, when there's problems it's with specific people who also
happen to write messages in a way that generates confrontation. I
cannot and I refuse to collaborate with people who are not being
friendly and do not care about the emotions of the humans they're
communicating with, it's the reason I come to GNU Guix in the first
place, but to me it appears it's not the right place for that either


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