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KDE: On the reappointment of Richard Stallman as a director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

ev.kde.org/2021/03/24/on-the-r

@tsdgeos @kde KDE would be wise to worry about software and not about politics.

@tsdgeos That's surprisingly level-headed (not so much for KDE, but because of the hubbub this episode generates everywhere).

@tsdgeos

> Safe participation and representation are necessary ingredients, along with inclusivity. Richard Stallman’s conduct and the actions of the FSF board of directors have been harmful to all of them.

I think that the lynching against him, the falsehoods, the decontextualizations of his sentences, the insults¹, are much more worrying and damage inclusivity much more.

1: GNOME and Mozilla and others even signed a letter calling RMS "misogynistic, ableist and transphobic".

@alexl @tsdgeos they forgot pedophile apologist in that list (see his defense of Marvin Minsky).

@jmcs @tsdgeos

That is fake news:

sterling-archermedes.github.io

wetheweb.org/post/cancel-we-th

In short, he just said the term "assault" on *Minsky* was misleading because we don't know if the girl *presented herself* to Minsky as consentient, clearly forced by *Epstein*.

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@jmcs @tsdgeos

Stallman later clarified:

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I've called [Jeffrey Epstein] a 'serial rapist,' and said he deserved to be imprisoned. But many people now believe I defended him—and other inaccurate claims—and feel a real hurt because of what they believe I said. I'm sorry for that hurt. I wish I could have prevented the misunderstanding."

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@alexl @tsdgeos Context matters. He was downplaying a rape (and yes is was rape because the victim couldn't and didn't consent). And it was not an isolated incident either, arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20 has a list of other times he promoted pedophilia.

@jmcs

No, he was defending his friend (Minsky) from defamation resulting from a misleading term ("assault"). YOU mentioned the Minsky case and I replied. Be reasonable and admit you were wrong instead of coming up with a rhetorical answer. I though you fell for a fake news and I wanted to help you. This doesn't seem the case, bye!

@alexl Ok, you're right his friend is just a rapist, and he likes his friend, who is a rapist. He also thinks or at least thought it's ok to rape teenagers in general. Maybe Aimee Knight can also join the FSF board now that she's out of a job.

@tsdgeos it seems that KDE has no autonomy of its own. I much preferred it when you stuck your nose outside of media politics.

@tsdgeos
a) Why is it any of the #KDE foundation's business what other organisations get up to?

b) Are you promoting “inclusiveness” only as long as it's within a monoculture of arrogant middle class white kids with too much time and too little experience in their hands?

@tsdgeos

I'm all for people having political views and expressing them, but not by subverting whichever association they have control or influence over. #KDE is a software project. Join a political party / armed group if you feel the need to express yourself on a wider range of subjects.

@tsdgeos I really wish that the stupid-outrage people in organizations like yours f!cked off instead.

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