free software, free culture, free hardware
it is your community[lit]
the ideal size of the freelabs federation isnt a forum, or a wiki, or a code repository-- the ideal size of the freelabs federation is the world. you may have noticed that the entire world has a wide range of different ideas about what good conduct is. great! thats not our job.
that doesnt mean that the federation isnt built on principles; its built on the 4 freedoms, its built on free software, and its built on free culture.
we arent trying to narrow the people who are allowed to contribute, for the sake of being more inclusive. for some of us, thats an absurd contradiction.
we dont govern that. if 7,500 of you want to have a "safe space" meeting, and 100 of you want a mosh pit, have a mosh pit-- have a safe space. this federation exists to promote freedom, perhaps largely on a premise that code is a form of free speech! so asking you to adopt some "official vocabulary" just to gain access to tech support is a bit weird.
are there benefits to thinking critically about the terms people use out of habit? sure! is it our job to tell every member how to talk? absolutely not!
while free software and open source are definitely not the same thing (and continue to grow farther apart, because they are not 100% compatible and also start with different goals) it is not a goal of the freelabs federation to prescribe language to its members."
its not our job. we arent your parents. if you werent raised properly, its up to you to be the right kind of human.
our job is to help you promote freedom, not try to control your thinking.
you can participate even if you have to split into two groups-- one with 24-hour supervision, and the other with complete and total anarchy.
we might not even know all of our members. we are a library, an organisation, a user application-- not a commune. though if you really want a commune, you can probably have that too. thats not up to us, its your community. our job is to promote and advocate free software and free culture. being you is still your own job.
hopefully youll be nice. but who decides what "nice" is? and why (or how) is it more obvious to the people writing codes of conduct?
one of the reasons there are so many distros, is that if everybody doesnt have to do exactly the same thing-- if people are really free to do what they want-- they probably wont all agree on what they want to do.
is it really better to tell people which words to use, or to teach them how to come up with their own best practices?