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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Fwd: Hacker culture, education and empowermen

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Fwd: Hacker culture, education and empowerment/emancipation
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2018 22:29:05 -0400

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I looked at the educahacker survey and saw that it tries to load
nonfree Javascript code into the user's browser.  It is not right to
ask people to run nonfree software.

The survey says that if the user doesn't run this nonfree Javascript code,
some questions may not work.  And it suggests the user "verify your browser
parameters" -- meaning, I suppose, to enable running the nonfree software
in the survey.

I am sure you didn't mean to act directly against the aims of Libre
Planet, so I am sad to have to point out that that's what the survey
does.  "The medium is the message", or at least part of the message.
The survey platform you are using has a message, "Surrender to nonfree

Would you please turn off the survey for now, redo it
to work without nonfree software, and then advertise it again?

It is not hard to set up a form in pure HTML.  It may be not quite so
pretty in appearance; if so, that's exactly what teaches the lesson
that freedom is more important than appearance, so we shouldn't
sacrifice the former for the latter.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation (,
Internet Hall-of-Famer (

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