Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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"Exercised poor judgement"?

The audience is a meassure of what is poor judgement?

Michael, it's the first rule of persuasion: Don't offend or insult your audience.

Once you've done that, you may as well just give up. You can see the effect quite clearly in the relevant threads here on OSNews. Unless you want to argue that Richard and the FSF don't care about being persuasive, you pretty much have to admit that his "joke" was a poor move.

Edited 2009-07-09 21:53 UTC

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