In chat it was brought up, that the site tends to become political. While I don't think that's the case I may overlook the things, so I ask how the community stands towards it. Also, how should we react against politics and advertisement towards OSS or holy wars between OSS and Free Software (or what else can come up) if it happens?
Like I've also said earlier (not sure if it was in meta or chat), having these wars will get us nowhere, and they'll never end. There's a couple things that I'm very critical about:
- Our site name is biased.
Admit it. We can't be 100% accepting of the open concepts if we don't create a neutral environment from the start, elements that should make a part of our site will be discouraged, and gradually erased from existence. We need a new site name, but before we can ever do that, we need to make sure that we finalize our scope. We include Free Software and Open Source as our site name for example, what will happen to Creative Commons?
Our site scope has changed, drastically. We're including many things. Perhaps, we need to take a new look as to how to promote/market/approach the site?
- If we accept support from one organization, we accept all, or we accept none
This is already in practice. Many organizations, especially charitable ones, don't accept government donations, because they do not want themselves to be influenced. We need to employ the same concept here. Accept one, accept all. Accept zero, accept none.
If we want to start creating a neutral site, I believe we should look at what things have in common with each other, and create a site around that. That could mean broadening the scope slightly, or even narrowing it down. That's for a separate meta post.
As a community, we should be against political wars.
Guidelines for avoiding political wars:
- Don't start political wars
- Don't participate in political wars
- If you find yourself starting, or participating in a political war anyway, cease doing so immediately
- Vote to close political war-mongering as well as war-waging
I realize this sounds satirical, but I'm rather serious. Don't do it, and crack down on it. Refuse to be any part of it, refuse to have any part of it.