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Re: [rain1 at airmail dot cc] Delete abortion joke
- From: Zach van Rijn <me at zv dot io>
- To: rms at gnu dot org, libc-alpha at sourceware dot org
- Cc: Alexandre Oliva <aoliva at redhat dot com>
- Date: Tue, 01 May 2018 10:45:23 -0400
- Subject: Re: [rain1 at airmail dot cc] Delete abortion joke
- References: <email@example.com> <E1fDLZU-00076y-KO@fencepost.gnu.org>
On Mon, 2018-04-30 at 23:03 -0400, Richard Stallman wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies, ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
> The point of this joke is even more important now than it was when I
> first wrote it. Please do not remove it.
> GNU is not a purely technical project, so the fact that this is
> not strictly and grimly technical is not a reason to remove this.
> Please ack.
It would be unprofessional of me to let you defend a joke about a topic
so deeply personal to some, in of all places technical documentation for
a C library, after (like me) having been made aware of its presence.
Such a joke has little to do with the merits (pro- or con-) of the issue
you care about, and presents unnecessary confusion to such a broad and
diverse community. Your personal website would be an excellent venue to
express your views, but in this case it's not comedy, nor is it comity.
And quite frankly, it smacks of the FreeBSD Code of Conduct  from a
different angle. It isn't political correctness to wish it removed.