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If you are so down the rabbit hole of being a FOSS advocate that you start gatekeeping it and telling people they should ditch their friends that aren't also fully on the FOSS train, maybe you need to reevaluate your priorities.

This shit is actually upsetting.

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@ascclemens If it were all down to individual choices, the various forces (network effects, greed with powerful leverage, etc.) that drive the many disastrous outcomes that we see around us would have no power over us.

Some of us would make good decisions, and others would follow as they saw how good these decisions were.

Unfortunately, that's not the world we live in. At best, our personal good decisions can minimize the damage to ourselves, and usually not even that.

@urusan I stand up for my principles, but I also realise I have to make some compromises. Progress isn't an on/off switch, you know?

@ascclemens Yup, I agree.

Everything you said earlier made it clear you are standing up for your principles.

Us deciding to cut away those who aren't quite there yet and dividing ourselves up into smaller, weaker groups is exactly what those who would seek to exploit us want us to do.

@ascclemens I tried it, now I feel totally isolated from anyone who isn't a programmer. It's just straight up a bad idea. Limiting (but not cutting off) usage of proprietary systems is a realistic and attainable goal that still reduces network effect.

If FOSS folks only talk to other FOSS folks, how does that promote a shift in culture?

@ascclemens some people seem to refuse to understand that your actions are often dictated by social forces outside your control. Also being mean to people isn't good advocacy 😑.

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