Really? How about the idea that having a bunch of lame-ass mooches, trolls, and flamers causing nothing but drama increases the stress level of developers and causes them to abandon projects entirely?
And that excuses censorship? Pretty damned cowardly, if you ask me. Stress levels is an excuse for censorship?
The projects don't complete or get kicked way back on deadline waiting for someone else to pick them up, learn the code, learn to extend it, and finish it off. If they ever do, since those same lame-ass trolls and flamers are waiting to pounce again.
That's just pathetic. If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Nobody's irreplaceable. If it gets behind schedule it gets behind schedule. Nobody's life is on the line here.
OR, the lame-ass trolls need to grow up.
Yes, they should. They annoy me, too. Let me know if you ever figure out a way to make that happen.
Look, I get it. You're 14, you live in your parents' basement, and to you swearing is only nominally less exciting than a furtive glimpse at a pair of tits. You think it makes you sound grown up.
I'm 61 years old. I was in South East Asia in the USAF at the end of the Vietnam war. Your reading comprehension isn't too good, did you miss the part where I ran a popular Quake site from my crib, since according to you I was an infant? Do you realize how stupid that makes you look?
But there's a right way and a wrong way to phrase things, a right way and a wrong way to handle conflict, and a right and wrong way to deal with drama.
When someone advocates censorship, the only rational response is FUCK OFF AND DIE. That's exactly what profanity is for, to demonstrate beyond all doubt that this kind of shit pisses you off. The fact that an open source guy advocates censorship pisses me off. It wouldn't have bothered me if it had come from a Microsoft or Apple employee, I'd have thought it was hilarious.
I ran self-censorship when I had that web site, until the very end when some of the same crap spewed from an opinion on one of the bigger sites saying the same as this. I thought "wait a minute, this isn't a children's site." There was vulgarity afterwords, albeit in moderation. The same when I started my /. account (a fourteen year old with a five digit UID?), although I didn't comment much. Same with K5 before it died some time after I left.
You would not like my journals, the characters are "colorful" for lack of a better word.
"I don't like censorship, darn it" just doesn't cut it. Even FUCK CENSORSHIP AND THE HORSE IT RODE IN ON is too mild.
Hell, the reason I never made the jump to using Linux on the desktop was my own experiences trying to set up a Mythbox in my living room; because I didn't have the exact hardware that one of the developers had, asked for some help, got shouted at "RTFM you fucking loser" over and over again when the documentation was crap and had no relevance to the situation I was asking about... screw it.
I've heard that story before, but never experienced it myself when I was learning Linux at the turn of the century. Maybe things have changed since then, but obviously people shouldn't act like that. I don't like what they do and wonder if maybe they're really enemies of open source (MS shills; MS hates "open sores" and called it a cancer), but everyone has the right to be a jerk, and nobody has a right to not be offended.