23 Feb 2000 DizzyD   » (Journeyer)

Well, it's nearly 3.30..my time to leave for an interesting meeting. :) Actually, the meeting is tommorow, and if everything goes like I think it will...ahh..life will be good. :)

I'd love to comment on the whole trust-metric issue, more specifically on reactions of people on advogato when "Jabber people" started ranking among themselves. I should prolly refrain though. Aww..what the heck. The power of the Open-Source movement lies in the complete freedom of expression. Inversely, the weakest point in the OS movement is the lack of responsibility when it comes to exercising this freedom/right. It should be fairly obvious that with rights come responsibility.

Most people (hopefully) get an introduction to this simple relationship when they get their driver's license. If you have the license, you may drive. If you drive, you must respect the other drivers on the road by complying with generally accepted standards of behaviour. If you don't, you forfeit the right to drive. It's as simple as that.

I believe these same concepts of rights/responsibilites should apply to activities within the OS community -- especially when it comes to commenting/flaming on other projects. It's absolutely ridiculous that we (the OS community) have attained a reputation for being quick to judge and slow to consider the implications of some piece of software/hardware, be it propietary or OS. We should measure more carefully the power we have to encourage or discourage the development of a project before we dole it out so generously.

In the final analysis of the whole concept of two developers certifying each other Master, I wonder how much the people who made rash judgements about our project really trust the whole advogato trust system.

That's it for me. There's more where that came from. I'm off to Denver.

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