merchandise & personal attacks

Eric Dunbar eric.dunbar at
Thu Nov 18 22:16:24 UTC 2004

On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 16:45:26 -0500, Kevin Mulligan
<kevin at> wrote:
> Wow...
> I am bringing this on-list because I feel the whole community needs to be
> reminded of the Code of Conduct, the spirit of Ubuntu, and plainly, rudeness
> aimed at each other and new users as of late on the list.

Ok, this is rare for me to say (since I _love_ off topic discussions),
but can we take this talk somewhere else ("off-list").

I love discussing the political implications of OSS, Ubuntu and its
design philosophy but I'm seeing a lot of USELESS comments flying back
and forth based on miscommunications and misunderstanding that have
little to do with Ubuntu or OSS in the first place and a lot to do
with egos (whether they be African vs. American, Christian vs.
Christian, Subterranean Sandwich Islands Hindu ascetics vs.
non-theistic Ashkenazi Jews who don't care about religion or
nationality either way).

I see a lot of self-righteous egos here that needs to go and deflate
themselves somewhere ELSE, please.

PS I really had to restrain myself from responding to this e-mail ;-)
(it seems like a lot of fun to get involved in, but I know a large
portion of the list wouldn't like it too much).


> Let me just help everyone out by copying and pasting certain parts of the
> Code of Conduct, in hopes that tempers will subside and we will all become
> level headed again.
> Be respectful. The Ubuntu community and its members treat one another with
> respect. Everyone can make a valuable contribution to Ubuntu. We may not
> always agree, but disagreement it no excuse for poor behaviour and poor
> manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we
> cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It's important
> to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened
> is not a productive one. We expect members of the Ubuntu community to be
> respectful when dealing with other contributors as well as with people
> outside the Ubuntu project, and with users of Ubuntu.
> When you disagree, consult others. Disagreements, both political and
> technical, happen all the time and the Ubuntu community is no exception. The
> important goal is not to avoid disagreements or differing views but to
> resolve them constructively."

Can we please agree to work on the above guys (I don't think any gals
were involved)?

Thanks, Eric.

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