[Nottingham] A few talk titles

Joshua Lock incandescant at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 16:06:32 UTC 2012

On 4 December 2012 02:52, Jason Irwin <jasonirwin73 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Feedback!
> On 02/12/12 20:06, Martin wrote:
>> Good open source citizenship (From an international speaker? ;-) )
> With regards to this, there is a minor point: because they are "free",
> should they be immune from critique or other negative comment?
> Does "don't complain, raise a bug" impinge on freedom?

Of course not!

I do strongly believe that as people who choose to use free software,
and are educated as to the nuances of Free, we have a social contract
to provide constructive feedback. This would be the thesis of my talk.

I'm not saying people shouldn't complain, I am *suggesting* that
people do it constructively.

Personally I'd really like emotion to be left out of things, a lot of
free software commentators write self-entitled "why did they break
this feature I use" rants which evoke an emotive response from the

In fact there's been an increase of similar discussion from non-Free
software forums as the developers of cheap or free app store apps come
under fire from the self-entitled masses:

"I paid 99p for this and it crashed once, despite running perfectly
the other 20hrs of game time. What kind of loser releases software
which crashes? 1 star review. Burn in hell idiot."

Joshua Lock

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