On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM, Ryan D. [email protected]
Occupy Rubywhy we need to moderate the 1%:
Finally I got around to watching it. I have to say I viewed the talk
with mixed feelings: on one hand I wholeheartedly sympathize with the
goal. On the other hand there was a bit too much PC in there and I
feel uncomfortable with installing a “program” to improve the
community. Nobody owns the community which is a big difference to
your walled garden analogy. The owner of the garden has every right
to take measures to shape it in the way he likes (even if it is a
commune) but in a network of peers there is no authority like that.
It may be my German ancestry but I always get nervous when someone
tries to establish certain ways of behavior in a community. I’m also
slightly irritated to hear that from an US citizen (Ryan, I guess you
are, aren’t you?) who lives in a country which has much more liberal
understanding of freedom of speech than we have over here in Germany.
My approach to improving the community (as little as I participate
nowadays) is to point out where people’s language or behavior went
astray. But I would not promote common action against individuals.
Generally trying to develop placidness towards noise (or even
offenses) will give a good fundament for a positive community.