Let me just be more explicit: if your software cannot be used by nazis then your software is not free software.

This is not the correct place to fight hate speech. Block the instances. Report hate speech to the authorities. Settle it using the existing legal frameworks to do so, and if they are insufficient, then write to your lawmakers.

But if you support free software, it is not the place to address this issue, by definition.

@sir yeah and sticking to old stallman speech as the only values that matter for decades is a very good way to avoid actually thinking. The world evolved, but not tux-avatar techbros

@gordon @sir FWIW Stallman doesn't think maximising potential userbase at any cost to society is a good idea either: lwn.net/Articles/667610/

@flussence @gordon I don't think that maximizing the userbase is a good metric to optimize for either, but that's not why I'm arguing against this.


@sir @gordon I know what you're arguing here, but you're not going to change anyone's mind when you're addressing stakeholders in the Mastodon ecosystem in 2019.

Gablins can go maintain their own goddamn fork of software that doesn't do what they want, just like the rest of us have to fork tootsuite because it's run by an obstinate twitter-licker.

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