Once a web community has decided to dislike a person, topic, or idea, the conversation will shift from criticizing the idea to become a competition about who can be most scathing in their condemnation.
Giving stuff away without a license can be hazardous to your livelihood. This is due to the concept of "Implied Warranty", which says that anything you sell must be suitable for its intended purpose. This means that the fruit that you buy at the store cannot be spoiled, and the software that you sell should be free of serious bugs.
"Wait," you're thinking, "I didn't say sell. I said give away!"
Ah, yes, but were you planning on accepting pull requests? Because exchange of money is not the only way to sell something. There is also the concept of "In Kind" payment. …
As an online discussion of pressing social issues grows longer, the probability of a commenter exhorting others to stop complaining about those issues on the internet and go do something about them, without them grasping the inherently self-undermining nature of the argument they're making, approaches 1.
I think we're getting a little bit to over-awed by this alien technology. It's not magic, after all.
posted by spiderskull at 9:22 on May 18th, 2018 [+] [&] [!]
I suppose it's high time we collectively got over it, right?
posted by lunitarian-looniversalist at 9:27 on May 18th, 2018 [829 favorites +] [&] [!]
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