[opensource] This is not a free speech controversy.

Jim Dinan dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu
Mon May 22 14:07:23 EDT 2006

Drew Yates wrote:
> Well, I was totally prepared to let this slide in the interest of "keeping
> on topic" and "not pissing off the listserve" but....

Too late.

This is not an issue of free speech.  It is an issue of courtesy and 
personal dignity.  The computer science department provides us with this 
listserve and as far as I know they have not set forth any guidelines as 
to what is and is not allowed on their mailing lists.  Let's not give 
them a reason to create one.

There are over 200 subscribers on this list and many others who follow 
its content on the newsgroup.  If you wouldn't say it in the halls of 
Dreese then you ought not say it on here.  There *are* faculty and staff 
members who read this list.  Not to mention people from outside of our 
department and outside OSU.  What you say reflects not only on the CS&E 
department but also on us as an organization.  Therefore, please do try 
and carry yourself with dignity befitting a future computer professional 
and a member of the open source club.

Let's let this thread end here please.

  - jim.

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