[Linux-aus] Things not to post to planet linux australia

Michael Davies michael at the-davies.net
Thu Mar 26 16:48:34 EST 2009

2009/3/26 Matthew Lye <matthew.lye at ubuntu.com>:
> Russell is quite right on this. You can ask someone not to post links to the
> list, but you cannot ask someone not to post links that are on a list that
> we are not supposed to look at. Effectively a request to not post something
> the 'might' be on a list you cant see can be safely ignored. That being said
> If someone posts child pornography links I will help them on their way to
> jail myself.
> The only way anyone could arrange for people not to post links (or comments)
> on the entirety of the list would be to implement the list, or list what
> people cannot post, effectively violating the list anyway.
> Kinda a redundant idea all round... after all the first rule of blacklist is
> you cannot talk about blacklist.

There's a mile of difference between posting stuff you know the
government has asked you not to, and accidentally infringing.  The
issue at hand is whether Linux Australia wants to aggregate content
that may or may not be legal.  It's not even important for me to enter
the debate on whether it's appropriate to have black lists or not
(although those who know me will know my opinions on such things :) or
whether such things are legal or not.

All I'm saying is that if you want to make a stand, then _you_ make a
stand.  You _should_not_attempt_ to make a stand on Linux Australia's
behalf unless Linux Australia authorises you to speak on their behalf.
 And if you use your blog to make _your_ stand, don't be surprised if
you are removed from planet.linux.org.au so there is no confusion on
who you are representing.

Have fun, write and use free software, this debate about the real
debate is getting boring.
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michael at the-davies.net    you think is fun and worthwhile, because otherwise
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