From: Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <email@example.com> To: Linus Torvalds <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Linux Kernel Mailing List <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2018 12:47:12 +0100 Message-ID: <CAPweEDwSkOkVSwJxKbO-hkSoAw3LtNvOTwRRbFJPjDQAxhiGwg@mail.gmail.com> (raw) In-Reply-To: <CAPweEDwKzoxoVFSNbSnsHtqNhxB+AbdjD9XMXW0MEwNPGdr3Xg@mail.gmail.com> https://linux.slashdot.org/story/18/09/27/1529236/linus-torvalds-on-linuxs-code-of-conduct#comments linus: ah... um... okay so this is beginning to remind me of dr who films, the comedy film "the world's end", and various other b-movie horror shows where people were taken over through mind-control or replaced. so i apologise, i'm going to stop pussy-footing around and ask HAVE YOU FUCKING LOST IT, GET YOUR HEAD OUT YOUR ARSE, STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF AND GET BACK TO BEING AN ENGINEER, YOU ARE ON A CHEARRRRGEUUH YOU SORRY LITTLE PROGRAMMERRRRR *cough*. enough NLP-esque shock tactics with a bit of comedy thrown in to take the sting out of it... allow me to return to rational insights. (1) you apologised for your behaviour, and it's fantastic that you recognised that there was a problem and asked for help. however, you *may* be feeling a little guilty, and it's clearly knocked your confidence, and that unfortunately has allowed political correctness to "creep in" where we know it never, ever belongs: in engineering. the next thing you know, the fucking guilt-ridden morons who want the words "master" and "slave" erased from the history books will be telling you that we have to change SPI's "MOSI" and "MISO" to... god... i dunno... "ROWI and RIWO" - "requestor" and "worker" or something incredibly stupid: Requestor: "i'm awfully sorry, if you wouldn't mind, if it's not too much trouble mr worker, when you have the time and you're not on your union-mandated break, could you deal with this bit-change for me?" (2) more and more people are raising the fact that the change was made without consultation. this *is* going to bite everyone. i strongly, strongly suggest reverting it: i made the point very clear that it wasn't the actual CoC that was the problem, it was that you, yourself, were not really obeying it (so nobody else could, either). (3) let's look at what toxic documents named "codes of conduct" look like from an engineering perspective: #define BEHAVIOUR_GOOD() ((~BEHAVIOUR_BAD) == 0) #define BEHAVIOUR_BAD BEHAVIOUR_SEXIST | BEHAVIOUR_RACIST | BEHAVIOUR_NAZI | BEHAVIOUR_UNPLEASANT | BEHAVIOUR_RELIGIOUS_EXTREMIST .... #define BEHAVIOUR_RELIGIOUS_EXTREMIST \ BEHAVIOUR_ANTI_CHRISTIAN \ BEHAVIOUR_ANTI_MUSLIM \ ... .... .... #define BEHAVIOUR_ANTI_MUSLIM 0x1 #define BEHAVIOUR_ANTI_CHRISTIAN 0x2 ... ... ... // oops fuck we're gonna run out of bits extremely quickly.... do you see where that's going? do you get the point already? if an engineer proposed the above patch to create the toxic CoC document that insidiously crept in recently, you and pretty much everyone would think that the submitter had a fucking screw loose and needed psychiatric help. these toxic documents do not have to spell it out, but they *imply* that there are (deep breath...) spics, wocs, niggers, honky white bastards, chinks kooks and their mothers too all trying to ATTACK the project, and we'd better make sure that they're all excluded, otherwise we're all in trouble, eh? i apologise for using these words: if you are a decent human being you should by now feeling physically sick to your stomach at having read that paragraph, that those words were even used... yet they're not actually *in* that toxic document, but they don't have to be: people are still thinking them. like the "don't think of a pink elephant" our subconscious mind cannot help by strip out the "don't". bottom line: the *entire linux kernel project* has now been *completely poisoned* by that document. put another way: an engineer would go, "wtf??" and would say "we don't need to fill every single bit in the bitfield and then invert it for god's sake! just say "good behaviour is expected" and be done with it!!" so why not say, instead of that absolute god-awful list, "everyone is welcome; everyone belongs". you see the difference? you see how simple and empowering that is? it's INVITING people to participate, and it's pretty obvious that if someone feels *UN*welcome, the rules have been broken and they can raise it as an issue. rather than absolutely terrifying and sickening absolutely everybody. the analogy is the story of mother theresa being invited to an "anti-war" rally. she declined... and said, "if ever you hold a PEACE rally, i'd be delighted to attend". so come on, linus: wake up, man. just because this is outside of your area of expertise does not mean that you have to let go of the reins. *get a grip*. use your engineering expertise, apply it to the problem, work with *EVERYONE* and work out an *ACCEPTABLE* solution. warmest, l.
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