TGPPL, deterring licence proliferation by withholding the stamp of OSD-conformance (was: recent submissions merit no action)

Russ Nelson nelson at
Sat Jan 24 23:22:09 UTC 2009

Zooko O'Whielacronx writes:
 > Obviously the OSI should not entertain frivolous or malicious  
 > Requests For Approval, but it appears that in your concern about  
 > licence proliferation you have started to use your power of  
 > withholding certification of OSD-conformance as a general purpose  
 > tool to deter the use of licences that you don't like.  This is wrong.

Mmmmm, not exactly the case.  One of the filters for frivolity is
whether someone submits the license using a pseudonym, or their real
name.  It's not clear that you have passed that bar yet, Mr. Bryan
Zooko Wilcox O'Hearn O'Whielacronx.

Ooohhhhh, did I say "not clear"?  I meant to say "damned uncertain".

The community expects us to not waste their time with frivolous
licenses.  I feel strongly that the time of the people subscribed to
license-review is valuable, is a contribution to the OSI directly, and
the community indirectly, and should not be wasted by people who do
not respect their efforts.

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