cvs commit: src/games/fortune/datfiles fortunes

Wilko Bulte wb at
Wed Apr 2 14:56:16 UTC 2008

Quoting Doug Barton, who wrote on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 09:48:52PM -0700 ..
> Jordan K. Hubbard wrote:
> >
> >On Mar 31, 2008, at 2:56 PM, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> >
> >>This is the age old "these fortune cookies may be offensive to some
> >>people" bikeshed.  Do we really want to go there again?
> >>
> >>If removing the ones deleted by Ganbold is considered such a big loss to
> >>the consumers of the fortune cookies, then sure, we'll have to backout
> >>the removal.  I'd prefer if we didn't, but oh well :/
> >
> >
> >from fortune(6):
> >
> >"I think the world would be a more peaceful place if people
> >could just keep their fingers out of the fortune files.
> >
> >                -- Jordan K. Hubbard"
> >
> >:-)
> My point exactly. We have always erred on the side of NOT removing 
> something since what people find offensive (or humorous) varies hugely 
> across cultures, languages, political persuasions, etc.
> If you want to make an argument that those fortunes should be moved to 
> the -o file, that might be worth talking about. But flat out removing 
> them is not keeping in the spirit of how things have traditionally 
> been done.

If all the soft-skinned creatures who cannot handle fortunes just rm -rf
fortune?  Then we could just go on with life.  Political correctness has never
served any useful purpose in this world.


Wilko Bulte				wilko at

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