free-software flamage

Kragen Sitaker (
Wed, 14 Apr 1999 15:19:11 -0400 (EDT)

tomwhore writes:
> YEs flames happen everywhere, they are good for growth..
> But the exposure it is getting now is akin to the exposure MP3 is getting.
> Its prome time and global wide baby, and its not just the techs and geeks
> infighting now its new reporters and syndicated columnists.

The viciousness of some of the flames is not good for growth of
anything but resentment and oppression. But the problem has been there
for a long time, and it's not going to go away, but it's not going to
destroy the community any time soon.

The press -- and the public -- just has to get used to the idea that
we're a community, not a company, and like most communities, we have
public disagreements, politics, political factions, and occasional
vicious flames.

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