everything wrong with free software
"free as in speech"
*originally posted:* oct 2022
*rewritten entirely:* nov 2022
this is not to negate the points originally made in this article. rather, this article was originally written as a response to what i was sure would be a non-reply at worst, or maybe a terse and useless reply.
given time, i received neither of those.
its not impossible to read the former version of this article. i simply dont want to promote it as i feel it doesnt fit the issue as well in light of what ive learned.
if there was a truly game-changing pivot on this issue of course, id be writing about it here. game-changing? no. not that much has changed.
but this was an article that complained about, primarily, another article. and while i expected a terse, useless, or non-reply (with good reason; ive often received those from stallman) instead he put more thought into the reply than he put into the article i was complaining about.
he still gets it wrong of course. but there are two (likely more) ways to get something wrong...
you can get something wrong like the dick of the world, or like a reasonable, compassionate person. ive already made the point that in general, stallman is a compassionate person. ive already addressed the point that maybe "transphobe" is a strong label for someone who gets a single aspect of being a trans ally wrong.
then again, he gets a pretty important thing wrong.
regardless, you could overextend the point of my "proportional response" to "well, fuck you too, then!" and while thats definitely not what i said, the spirit in which my article was written was closer to that than now seems entirely fair.
so im not going to misgender stallman as they/them. nor do i feel terrible about the original idea. i simply dont feel entirely comfortable promoting that idea now.
sadly, this "article" is now woefully lacking in detail or explanation. the previous version did a better job.
sorry about that. its possible i will address this further, though if it were a priority to do so i would just assume do it here, now. instead, you get an apology for the lack of a better explanation. it isnt much, i admit. but then thats the point of the apology too.
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