We published a statement on our stance on neutrality of free software (and why we won't stay neutral in this case): f-droid.org/en/2019/07/16/stat


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Good call. Thanks for being sane. Though I hope these political decisions will be kept at an absolute minimum.


Ooh, this will be a really nice thread to feed my blocklist.

Ok, here are the rules - I don't care whether you voice your opinion supporting the block or resisting the block. All I care about is if you voice your opinion politely and respectfully. If not, welcome to my blocklist.

@chebra all sounds very sensible to me, particularly the distinction between tools and platforms. I agree the app devs have the right to code their app however they see fit. I disagree with what #Tusky did, because it creates a precedent for the developers of other software that implements standard protocols to be pressured to build in political blocks for all sorts of reason, and dogpiled if they don't. Reading between the lines, it seems like that's already happened to #Fedilab.

@strypey @chebra @fdroidorg Yeah. I agree with you. And I think F-Droid took the right decision to enhance his policy on the store.

@strypey @fdroidorg
Agreed, I don't agree with Tusky either. A hardcoded block is exactly why we have OSS and rickrolling is just childish. I'm merely giving them the benefit of the doubt and will drop them if they do something like that again. Gab is clearly the moral bad guy, but how we deal with bad guys is what defines us. Tusky chose to get down on their level and use their methods. Fedilab and F-Droid are trying to find a higher level of morality, navigating through the maze carefully.

> Gab is clearly the moral bad guy, but how we deal with bad guys is what defines us.

This. Particulary when it comes to avoiding "friendly fire" and "collatoral damage". I posted a piece about this a while back on #LibCom:

@chebra Disagreeing with the attitudes of "by any means necessary" and "the ends justify the means" is why I joined the anarchist movement in the 90s, not a marxist-leninist vanguard party. Those ideas haven't gone away and it seems like many new recruits to the left don't know our history well enough to know why that kind of sectarian bloody-mindedness is the problem, not the solution.

@strypey @fdroidorg
Exactly. Humans have been struggling with separating the bad guys without friendly fire for thousands of years and haven't really come up with a clear simple solution. Mathematically, it's because our actions are often binary (block vs not block) but the "badness" is a spectrum. Where exactly should we draw the line? Some issues are clear enough, but others are unresolved as of today.

@chebra @strypey @fdroidorg
...get down on their level? Since when is rickrolling racists as bad as being a racist? That's some serious enlightened centrist shit.


Come back when you've got over the compulsion to accuse people of stuff that has nothing to do with anything they actually said, just so you can feel smug and morally superior to them.
@chebra @fdroidorg

@fdroidorg what resources is fdroid working with for the website btw? im assuming the site is statically served rather than dynamically generated for each page load
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