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I notice I can get pretty upset when people shit-talk FOSS - like actually lose sleep over it.

I find it hard to put my finger on exactly why, which I guess is part of the reason in itself :D

I think it happens especially when the criticism is around the fundamental hopes and dreams I have for the world: diversity, accessibility, autonomy, independence, openness, all that good stuff.

(sparked by a thread that I lost by unfollowing someone, but anyway it's not a direct reply)

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One solution is to just stop caring about those hopes and dreams, but I'd rather not :D

Just unfollowing anyone with such criticisms is useful for self-preservation purposes, but it seems there is something to learn here.

Responding directly seems like it wouldn't do anyone any good.

Quietly taking the abuse isn't working out either.

Sure, these are a privileged person's "problems". But they're mine.

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I guess part of it is that those criticisms call into question my deeply-held belief that FOSS can help further those hopes and dreams.

Now, it is quite obvious that it doesn't achieve all those goals all the time - but that was never the goal or expectation. If it just moves towards some of these goals some of the time that should be enough - and I do think that is somewhat obviously the case. So then why the emotional response?

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Another aspect is that it is not just about me: if someone shit-talks FOSS, they shit-talk the countless people all over the world that dedicate part of their life, often from a genuine desire to improve the world without expecting anything in return.

They might be doing it wrong - but they largely don't deserve the harsh words, either.

The ones doing the shit-talking are probably *also* genuinely thinking they are improving the world, though...


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caught this thread on fedi & want to let you know you're not alone. i don't know what exactly you're responding to, but it is difficult when someone's cynicism undercuts a deeply held belief.

For me, FOSS has been a place where i feel empowered, i can participate with "the greater good". that feeds an emotional part of me.

my hope is that free software can be part of an ecosystem that drives improvement of the world. to believe in that without cynicism is importnt

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