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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] PayEnemy Sarcasm

From: IngeGNUe
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] PayEnemy Sarcasm
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:45:11 -0400

On 09/08/2016 01:53 AM, Serge Hooge wrote:
>> 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.

+1 Serge, better than I could have said it. I am especially surprised
that when I do it I get complained at.

Cheers. (Oops, I said something that a some people might think is only
said while drinking a beer, while others say it as a greeting, a gesture
of appreciation, and a farewell.)

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