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Re: Is negative publicity always harmful?

From: Alexandre François Garreau
Subject: Re: Is negative publicity always harmful?
Date: Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:17:41 +0100

Le mardi 5 novembre 2019, 19:48:36 CET Dmitry Alexandrov a écrit :
> 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.
You did made a general point, taking a specific person as an example.  That 
might have been omitted.  But for the sake of clarity, I’m happy this 
happened.  A bunch of people from all side asked to clarify accusations and 
statements when they’re made (likely to better contradict and deny those).

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