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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] libreplanet-discuss Digest, Vol 79, Issue 9

From: Bob Jonkman
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] libreplanet-discuss Digest, Vol 79, Issue 9
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 02:51:47 -0400
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I agree it's "dangerous", but for a different reason. I'm a Free
Software advocate. I've given "What is Free Software" presentations at
local computer clubs, Software Freedom Days, the KW GNU/Linux Fest.

Yet I find myself working in corporate offices using proprietary
operating systems, applications, hardware, infrastructure. Sometimes
I'm working on a contract where I can influence the purchase of new
software or equipment. Almost always I'm in contact with support
staff, vendors and retailers of proprietary hardware and software. And
always I try to influence the purchasers towards Free Software.

I tell the vendors, the techies, the managers: "Check out the Free
Software community. You'll see how supportive they are, how helpful.
How friendly."

Imagine when look at this mailing list. A Microsoft representative. Or
an Apple vendor. Or the IT manager of a major public utility. They see
their brands disparaged, insulted, dismissed. They never come back.

This is not how to promote Free Software.

- --Bob.

On 2016-09-10 01:35 PM, Adonay Felipe Nogueira wrote:
> About sarcasm with company/software/service names:
> **Personally**, I think it's dangerous to use these. If you need to
> say the original name, just say it. There is a context in which I
> support and use this sarcasm (as long as it's followed by the
> original name): protest materials.
> E.g.: Signs or t-shirts saying "Don't use Pay-Pal-Enemy" ("Pal" is 
> striked) or "PayPal is your PayEnemy" or anything else.
> But in discussions, I think it's good to have clear communication 
> because there is a high chance of finding someone that doesn't know
> the term and might think it refers to something else  (and thus
> missing the point of the sarcasm: to entice people not to
> use/support it), unless of course we use the sarcasm accompanied by
> the original name.

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