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Re: Is negative publicity always harmful?

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: Is negative publicity always harmful?
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 21:48:36 +0300
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Brandon Invergo <> wrote:
> Dmitry Alexandrov writes:
>> Iʼm afraid, you conflated two points.  Publicity that undermine the core 
>> competency of an organization — yes, is perhaps is the most harmful thing 
>> for it.
>> While negative publicity on irrelevant topics is either much less harmful, 
>> or sometimes even beneficial.
>> Dr. Stallman has been always, in almost every his speech, pointed out, that 
>> in terms of publicity everything is still so bad, that he has to struggle to 
>> make it known that GNU and free software movement in general merely exist.  
>> And that they are not the same as Linux® and ‘open source’, in particular.
>> Under that conditions, any kind of public attention to GNU should be 
>> welcoming.
> As I previously requested, please let's drop discussions of particular 
> people, especially when it comes to what they said or did outside of GNU.  I 
> know you are not attacking but standing in rms's defense

No, I actually did not defend him specifically.  If Sandra have posted her rant 
not here, but in some place where it could reach those who are unaware of free 
software, I would present the very same arguments in her defence.

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