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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Pax not Pox
Date Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:57:39 GMT
I dislike using antagonistic rhetoric and tactics to give form to
community identity. I confess I did this myself, early in OOo's career,
but I never engaged in FUD--there was no need, the truth was good (or
bad) enough--though I was no doubt frequently wrong.

The current efforts by published journalists, intentional or not, to
cast aspersions on Apache OpenOffice, to discredit it, and to cheapen
the community's efforts, need to be addressed--but not with antagonism
and not with anger. Errors, accidental or intentional, in Wikipedia, for
instance, but also among journalists reporting on the successors to, must be corrected impartially and accurately. The people
who benefit most from our work are the users who can rely upon a fair
community which they can join and contribute to and do so with the
satisfaction that their contributions are valued in the best possible
way: by making the product not only better but more likely to remain a

Louis Suárez-Potts
Apache OpenOffice PMC
In Real Life: Community Strategist, Age of Peers

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