Matt wrote about some abhorrant spam he received, and lamented at the overwhelming magnitude of the global culture of disadvantaging people for perceived weaknesses (and exploiting them for actual ones). And he is right. It is overwhelming.
But that is no reason to give up altogether. We have to start somewhere.
To even think that I could have a universal influence that encompasses all the horrors of the world is beyond stupid. I do, however, have an influence here. I do have an influence in the Ubuntu community (and by extrapolation, the broader FOSS community) and I do have an opportunity to help it change for the better so that it can lead by example. And that’s exactly what I plan to do.
When we see crap, we call it for what it is. But, at the same time, we’re not omnipresent. We cannot possibly respond to everything.
We really do not appreciate comments such as this or this. What we say is valid, even if we do not manage to comment on every incident worldwide across every industry that ever existed. What we say is relevant while ever the subtle little things continue in the same mediums.
These sorts of comments are really not helpful. They are what is referred to as “silencing tactics”, and they are a kind of intimidation. They serve little purpose (intended or not) other than to resist change (ironic in an industry that wants to change the computing landscape) and enable a continuance of whatever disadvantage or exploitation is under discussion.
Some parts of the world may be satisfied with the unfair status quos, but there is absolutely no way I’m going to cheerfully permit the bits I touch do the same.