[License-review] License drafting quality and process [was Re: Comment on MOSL and similar licenses]

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Wed Jun 12 18:21:17 UTC 2013

Josh Berkus scripsit:

> (1) Crayon license submitter (CLS) emails their "clever" idea for a new
> license to this list.
> (2) We point out some of the shortcomings in the license and reject it.
> (3) CLS becomes indignant and accuses us of personal enmity and/or
> incompetence.

As soon as this happens, drop-kick CLS from the list.  There's no reason
to tolerate personal remarks of that sort.  That way at least we don't
have to see (4-6) at all.  The outcome is the same, but burnout is
perhaps reduced.

     Many non-authoritarian organizations have foundered on the
     dubious principle of open membership, which frequently leads to
     a preponderance of assholes, yahoos, spoilers, whining neurotics,
     & police agents.
        --Hakim Bey

John Cowan    http://ccil.org/~cowan    cowan at ccil.org
[T]here is a Darwinian explanation for the refusal to accept Darwin.
Given the very pessimistic conclusions about moral purpose to which his
theory drives us, and given the importance of a sense of moral purpose
in helping us cope with life, a refusal to believe Darwin's theory may
have important survival value. --Ian Johnston

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