[License-discuss] Evolving the License Review process for OSI

Pamela Chestek pamela.chestek at opensource.org
Sat May 25 17:23:38 UTC 2019

On 5/25/2019 11:14 AM, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> As for list moderation, I believe that this and other open source
> lists go way too far when they impose strict codes of conduct. I am an
> even greater fan of free speech than I am of free software. If you
> send too many emails, that is why God created the delete key. If
> anyone thinks that words like "absurd" deserve censure, then it is
> _they_ who need a spine implant.

Thanks for the kudos, I appreciate it.

I agree that all opinions should be heard, but I want to clarify that
you can't say them any way you want. I hope that everyone expresses
their opinions with civility and respect, so that those who hold
different viewpoints aren't afraid to state their difference of opinion.

I've seen a few people who have said, essentially, "it's a little rough
and tumble, so what, deal with it." But we lose voices that way. Some
people with very smart views don't like confrontation, or internalize it
as an attack. But we need to make room for them too. I've never heard of
a forum where people won't participate because it's too polite (but I'd
be interested to hear if there are any). I believe an elbows-out style
of engagement is to all of our detriment. We don't need it; calm,
rational argument is far more persuasive than bluster any day.


Pamela Chestek
Chair, License Review Committee
Open Source Initiative
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