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Re: [PATCH] Improve adherance to the GNU Kind Communication Guidelines

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  > As documented in,
  > GNU projects should aim to communicate in ways that are not unwelcoming.

More precisely, the guidelines are about how we communicate in our
discussions, not what ideas we communicate (as long as they are
pertinent to the topic of the list and support the goal of the

These guidelines as such do not apply to manuals.  Kindness as a
general principle surely does apply to manuals, but precisely how
remains to be decided.

I just installed a statement in the GNU maintainer guide saying that
humor is welcome _in general_ -- that we reject the idea of
"professionalism" which calls for deleting humor because it is humor.

That doesn't decide the question of the abort(3) joke.  There are
other issues to decide before that.

Dr Richard Stallman
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