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Re: More FSF hypocrisy

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 22:44:00 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 09:27:34AM +0000, Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <> wrote:
> > On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 12:46:40PM -0400, Hyman Rosen wrote:
> > You know,
> > There's only so much skill fine tuning you can do when you fight dolls.
> > Rjack, Therekov, amicus something, and all those trolls will NEVER see
> > this or that. Their sole purpose is to make people loose time answering
> > them and to polute mailing lists.
> I'm not quite convinced of that - I suspect that one of them in
> particular got "caught out" by the GPL in the past, and hasn't stopped
> bawling like a 7 year old how he's really right.  Another stated some
> while back that being disparaging about GNU was his hobby.
> > They're paid for it.
> Any particular reason you say that?

I just can't believe a crazy person would be able to so relentelessly
bother people in such elaborate ways for such a long time.

> > I'm seriously tempted to just give this list away, but I'm still
> > (naively?) hoping the list admins would do anything, but I suspect even
> > they are long gone.
> Oh no, we're still here.  :-)

Glad to know! :)

> I do moderation on some other GNU mailing
> lists, but not this one.  The moderation is purely to exclude advertising
> and, occasionally, excessive swearing.  Once you get into censorship, no
> matter how good the reasons, you are on a slippery slope to being no
> better than the people you're shutting out.  Paul Graham
> <> discussed this with regard to blocking
> lists for filtering mail; people set up a new clean blocking list because
> of the corruption in the one they left, and in their turn become corrupt
> themselves - the power goes to their head.

ok, how do you propose to protect legitimate users from the constant
harassing of either crazy or paid people? I'd like to know.


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