Dear Planet Fedora

David Nielsen gnomeuser at
Wed Sep 24 11:37:44 UTC 2008

2008/9/24 inode0 <inode0 at>

> In recent days Planet Fedora has been littered with purely partisan
> political diatribes which project the image of Fedora as if it were an
> arm of one particular political party in North America. If I want to
> read the Daily Kos I know where to find it. If I want to read about
> Fedora activities I would rather not have to wade through and filter
> out the Daily Kos material on Planet Fedora.
> Regardless of the associations being projected (it would be equally
> obnoxious if the posts were of a different persuasion), they seem to
> me to be presenting an image of this project as something it isn't and
> I really don't care to be bombarded with discussions about macro
> economic blame theories or arguments about whether one candidate
> should be impeached or not on Planet Fedora.
> While I didn't agree with the board's actions to quash discussion of
> the GPL on the fedora mailing list I find the incongruity between that
> and Fedora's willingness to syndicate political rants on Planet Fedora
> stark.
> If I as a Fedora ambassador am expected to read Planet Fedora and if
> Fedora would like me to encourage other ambassadors (and others in
> general for that matter) to read Planet Fedora I would encourage you
> to consider facilitating a feed that doesn't contain political
> messages that are irrelevant to the Fedora project or at least in some
> way discourage them. These do not in any way promote Fedora and most
> likely will alienate people from the Fedora project for no good
> reason.
> John

The planet gives a view into the contributors lives, they have a right to
say anything they might feel is important. Please do not try to hamper free
speech, it is after all one of the cornerstones of Fedora.

- David
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