@ashfurrow regatding the new rule: "no unsolicited advice from strangers". What does that even mean? I cant advice an application to someone publicly?

@Wraptile it’s basically a “do onto others as you would have them do onto you” but extended to a specific scenario (which tech people sometimes get wrong). Most users are already adhering to this rule, we are just trying to judge everyone to be kinder to strangers.

@ashfurrow @Wraptile for a concrete example:

Bob: "Ugh I hate Windows my printer never works"

Good reponses:
Alice (who does not know Bob at all): "That sucks!"

Erin (who is mutuals with Bob): "Oh no! Have you tried these drivers?"

Bad response:
Todd (who does not know Bob at all): "Oh no! Have you tried using Linux?"

@xmakina @ashfurrow @Wraptile Yeah, this exactly. It's something that tech circles are absolutely notorious for on the network, to the point where people specifically asked tech instances as a whole to adopt this rule to help directly mitigate it

@bclindner I feel this answers your question, @Wraptile. It is a bit extreme, but that's because the problem of unsolicited advice from tech dudes has become so systemic and constant that extreme measures are needed to get things back on track.

Honestly though, I wouldn't worry about it. Either you don't do it, so don't need to worry, or you do do it, and now you know to stop, so don't need to worry :)

@xmakina @bclindner I see, well personally I love when people discuss software like this. Some of the coolest apps I found through "unsolicited advices" and love to give such advices myself as there is so much brilliant software that is relatively unknown. Just today someone complained on local stream about curl and I recommended them to check out httpie because it solves a lot of issues curl suffers from - is that breaking the rule?

@Wraptile dude, read the announcement. It's an entry in the CoC for using this instance.

The point of it is not for folks to rules lawyer and limit test, it's for folks having it used as a harrasment tool against them knowing it's safe to report that behaviour and they'll be listened to.

@xmakina sure but these vague micro management rules discourage public discussion. Now I feel like I shouldn't propose anything in case someone gets offended and bans me without warning or whatever 🤷‍♂️

Sorry don't want to appear annoying just sharing my 2 cents about potential side effects of such management. If some people are unable to handle someone suggesting them software then imho insufficient administration is the least of their mental worries. Maybe at this point it would be wise to step back from s

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