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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] PayEnemy Sarcasm

From: Serge Hooge
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] PayEnemy Sarcasm
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 01:53:27 -0400

> Sarcasm and humour don't translate well in a mailing list. And on an
> international list like LibrePlanet cultural differences and language
> differences make sly digs potentially offensive, never mind that it
> completely defeats good communication.
> It would set a good example to treat proprietary software companies
> with the same respect we expect to get for upholding ethics and
> freedom for users. That means not perverting their names in an attempt
> at humour, and not attributing malice where none exists.

I agree that cultural differences might make it difficult, but I find
it really hard to see how perverting a proprietary software company's
name could offend anybody.

I totally disagree that we should treat proprietary companies with any
respect. They disrespect their users all the time, so why should they
expect good treatment? By perverting the name, you are not giving it any
advertisement, all while making it memorable for anybody that asks the
original meaning.

RMS does this for practically all unethical software companies and
their products for the same exact reasons.

I am so sick of this new society quirk of trying not to offend anybody
and I certainly don't want to see it in a mailing list.
It doesn't make communication any more clear, it censors the people
participating in it by limiting their speech to "unoffensive" comments
only, if anything. "Offensiveness" is a very subjective topic. Perhaps
saying that the ocean is blue is offensive to people who think
otherwise or have color blindness or something.

Serge Hooge

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