[arch-general] Arch should be apolitical

Joshua Schmalle joshuasch at protonmail.com
Tue Jun 2 00:33:05 UTC 2020

Does Reddit arch celebrate Christmas?  I don’t see how a rainbow would imply it’s relevant to the community regardless.  It’s not forcing anything on anyone.

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On Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:17 PM, LuKaRo <lists at lrose.de> wrote:

> On 02.06.20 01:18, Amir Fletcher via arch-general wrote:
>> Recently, the Arch reddit logo was changed to a rainbow. This is for "pride month". It is forcing a political view on all of the users who did not ask for this. Many of us don't care about the views of the developers or moderators as long as we continue to enjoy Arch.
> I can understand both points. I think that "pride month", or LGBTQ+ in
> general, is something that is worth supporting. However, I think a
> project should not claim support of any political or societal topic if
> the project in fact does not have the support for such a decision by
> it's members. Otherwise, such a statement is completely worthless. What
> does it mean to say "Arch supports pride month" if we don't even know if
> Arch users do or don't support this agenda?
> Therefore, I think that such a claim requires at least a minimum amount
> of discussion.
>> When this was brought up, the moderator silenced the criticism and deleted the thread.
> And if this discussion didn't happen prior to publishing the claim, it
> should be at least allowed afterwards (and not banned by deleting a
> corresponding thread).
> Banning or deleting discussions on valid topics in a community project
> is a sign of bad leadership in general. As a community project should be
> democratic, there should be no need for doing so at all. Just my 2 cents.
>> This is where the problem begins. If we cannot even discuss disagreement with views being forced on us, what's left? Please moderators and developers, reconsider forcing your views on us and not even allowing discussion about it. We do not all share your views, but we can get along if everyone is left to their own devices.
> I totally agree to that. Especially if we consider that supporting
> something like a "pride month" is a privilege that not everyone on this
> world comes to enjoy. We shouldn't forget that there are lots of
> countries in the world were free speech is only a phrase and not practice.

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