On being welcoming

Ludovic Courtès ludo at gnu.org
Fri Dec 18 14:45:49 UTC 2015

nisse at lysator.liu.se (Niels Möller) skribis:

> ludo at gnu.org (Ludovic Courtès) writes:
>> I dare say that technical expertise does not excuse disdain and
>> contempt.  This behavior is actively harmful to GMP and GNU.
> Some developers may be more polite than others, but you really need to
> follow the bug reporting instructions.

Of course I need to follow them.  The crucial thing is that this can be
said in a respectful way, like you did.  No need to be insulting.

> If you are disappointed about any individual's behaviour, I suspect it's
> usually more productive to start by trying to solve it off list (maybe
> you did? I wouldn't know of course). Mailing list discussons about
> personal issues tend to overheat too easily.

This is not a personal issue at all.  This behavior is a problem not
just for me (it wouldn’t matter, I could just refrain from ever
contributing).  It is a problem for the project.

I think it is crucially important that you as a community recognize that
this behavior is not acceptable.  There’s nothing personal in doing
that; it’s the behavior that we should condemn, not the person.

It would be a missed opportunity if, once again, this behavior is
quietly excused.

Thank you Niels for having taken the time to reply.


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