On being welcoming

Mike Mohr akihana at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 04:25:15 UTC 2015

Based on my reading of the gmp-bugs mailing list over the past several
years as well as the source code to various GMP releases, it is abundantly
clear to me that Torbjörn is a highly talented individual and that the the
GMP library would not be what it is today without him.

However, I must concur with Ludovic in this matter.  I have seen many
examples of this type of conduct from him, both towards myself as well as
others.  I am a software engineer who works in Silicon Valley, and I cannot
imagine working with someone who is frequently abrasive and disparaging.
Such an individual would not last very long on my team.  I am well aware of
the stress involved with writing and maintaining a complex piece of
software, as well as working with people who are less technically competent
than I am, but that doesn't give me carte blanche to be hostile towards

The tone of this community is determined in large part by its core
developers.  Niels Möller, for example, is consistently a great example of
a positive, constructive team member.

"As long as politics is the shadow cast on society by big business, the
attenuation of the shadow will not change the substance."

Dewey, J. (2008). *The later works of John Dewey, 1925 - 1953* (Volume 6,
page 163). Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press.

On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:48 PM, Ludovic Courtès <ludo at gnu.org> wrote:

> Torbjörn,
> I dare say that technical expertise does not excuse disdain and
> contempt.  This behavior is actively harmful to GMP and GNU.  It also
> illustrates why codes of conduct are more than a cosmetic gimmick.
> I hope some of your peers will recognize the issue and step up to say
> that this is not acceptable.
> Happy hacking,
> Ludo’.
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