intervening against abuse from FSFE

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On 15/10/2019 16:41, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> It has been communicated to me that the FSFE e.V. annual meeting
> discussed motions abusive to two volunteers.  There were already some
> hints about this on the Fellowship list.
> 
> In over 20 years doing free software, I've never seen anything so
> hideous.  I sincerely hope that this email turns out to be fake news but
> I have seen enough evidence to suspect the reports are accurate.
> 
> The two volunteers have been committed to Free Software throughout their
> entire professional lives.
> 
> The nature of the motions are purely destructive and intended to cause
> personal harm.  They bring no benefit to free software.  The documents
> I've seen show only one thing: a vendetta.
> 
> Multiple GA members have resigned.  Other members and staff are
> contemplating a similar response.  The resignations may not appear
> publicly but you will be able to detect them when their names are
> removed from the FSFE e.V. "Team" page:
> 
> https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://fsfe.org/about/team.en.html
> 
> When other organizations have pursued similar courses of action,
> including vendettas and other gross acts of bullying it has led to
> physical violence, suicides and other acts that have done far more than
> simply bringing the organization into disrepute.  The information I've
> been shown suggests that some members of FSFE e.V. seek to take the
> organization down that path.  People have speculated this vendetta is
> being pursued with the zealousness of the final solution, which is a
> horrible analogy but nonetheless it reflects the entirely destructive
> intentions.
> 
> Abusing a volunteer is incredibly serious.  There is no positive
> outcome, the only question is how much harm will FSFE do now.  The
> organization will also suffer increased cost and inconvenience when
> staff members quit and sponsors withdraw.
> 
> If these reports are true, then I would reconsider my previous call for
> Matthias Kirschner to resign, it would be better for the whole
> organization to be disbanded.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Daniel
> 
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