FreeBSD asking contributors to fix their opinions - is it official?
markand at malikania.fr
Wed Apr 1 12:25:32 UTC 2020
Le 21/03/2020 à 13:26, Marc Lehmann a écrit :
> This is a request to clarify official policy of the FreeBSD project with
> regards to regulating opinions - if this list is not the right list to
> ask this question, I would be extremely happy if people could direct me
> ot a more appropriate forum - I didn't find anything that seemed more
> appropriate, so I am posting to this list. Apologies if this was wrong.
> Moving along, today, I received a mail by some adamw at freebsd.org,
> asking me to remove what "FreeBSD" perceives to be personal opinions from
> my perl module, Canary::Stability.
> His mail is a bit hard to read, as it makes many claims and practically
> gives no evidence for them (and most are hard to believe for me, tpo be
> honest). The only remotely actionably thing seesm to be that I really need
> to remove these personal opinions.
> Since he writes as "@freebsd.org" and he claims that...
> I'd like to strongly urge you to retire Canary::Stability. [...]
> FreeBSD has had to go to lengths to fix Canary::Stability. If you
> really are married to the module, can you please [...] remove the
> personal opinions?
> If I read this correctly, he is acting in a capacity officially
> representing FreeBSD in that matter and seems to indicate that the FreeBSD
> project needs to police what it perceives as personal opinions. In fact,
> it seems to be the most urgent and pressing matter, as nothing else of
> substance was written.
I personally think that personal opinions should not be present in any
software (even outside FreeBSD). Code should not express personal
opinions since not all people share the same and I don't want to be
associated with those.
I personally dislike python, ruby but I keep this for me whenever I see
some problems with software I use that are written in those and do the
same when I send patch about it.
That said, I'm not sure if there is any policy towards this issue, but
I'd love to see that FreeBSD should be unopinionated development.
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