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commit bce7af8f429c376a5a80420fd54b7eefe02a810c
parent c9d8edd70dc15473fada48fa6ac215ea08d36d6c
Author: Jake Bauer <jbauer@paritybit.ca>
Date:   Sat, 25 Jul 2020 01:17:10 -0400

Publish new blog post and corrections to previous blog post

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diff --git a/pages/blog.md b/pages/blog.md @@ -27,6 +27,7 @@ href="https://pleroma.paritybit.ca/jbauer">Pleroma</a>. ### 2020 <ul> + <li>2020-07-25 <a href="blog/i-was-wrong">I Was Wrong</a></li> <li>2020-07-24 <a href="blog/switching-to-alacritty">"Switching From St to Alacritty" and "The Separation of Creators From Their Work"</a></li> <li>2020-07-23 <a href="blog/two-truths-and-a-lie">Two Truths and a Lie</a></li> <li>2020-07-23 <a href="blog/mastodon-to-pleroma-2-customizing-my-instance">Mastodon to Pleroma — 2 — Customizing My Instance</a></li> diff --git a/pages/blog/i-was-wrong.md b/pages/blog/i-was-wrong.md @@ -0,0 +1,40 @@ +## I Was Wrong + +[//]: # "I was wrong in my last blog post, and I wanted to draw attention to it for those who read that post without the new updates and redactions." + +[//]: # "main.min.css" + +[//]: # + +<div class="byline"> +<b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | + <b>Posted:</b> 2020-07-25 | + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-07-25 +</div> + +Yesterday I made a post about how I was switching away from St to Alacritty. I +also took the opportunity to talk about the degrees of separation a work has +from its creator such that (if the creator were to do something bad, would the +work still be considered acceptable to enjoy or use?) because some allegations +against the Suckless project made me reconsider using their software. + +Before continuing, if you haven't read the [updates to yesterday's +post](https://www.paritybit.ca//blog/switching-to-alacritty.html) you should go +do that now. + +The insinuation that the Suckless folks were involved in neo-nazi behaviour was +ultimately founded on very circumstantial evidence and I was wrong to jump to +the conclusion that they were without trying harder to seek out responses from +Suckless folk themselves. The discussion on the Fediverse alerted me to this, +and I realized that the position I held was founded on weak ground and I was no +longer even remotely confident that I was right. + +So, even though I updated the previous post, I wanted to write this one in case +anyone read the previous article without seeing the updates and redactions. I +also think it's important to publicly admit when one is wrong; it's behaviour +I like to see in others and I must practice what I preach, as it were. + +_This is my eightieth post for the +[#100DaysToOffload](https://social.paritybit.ca/tags/100DaysToOffload) +challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at +[https://100daystooffload.com](https://100daystooffload.com)._ diff --git a/pages/blog/switching-to-alacritty.md b/pages/blog/switching-to-alacritty.md @@ -1,6 +1,6 @@ -## "Switching From St to Alacritty" and "The Separation of Creators From Their Work" +## "Switching From St to Alacritty" and <s>"The Separation of Creators From Their Work"<\/s> -[//]: # "I've been a pretty happy user of St for quite a few months now. However, some questionable things that people from the Suckless group have said and done were brought to my attention and I can no longer confidently recommend their programs." +[//]: # "I've been a pretty happy user of St for quite a few months now. However, I'll be ditching it in favour of Alacritty to solve a few annoyances that I have with St." [//]: # "main.min.css" @@ -9,34 +9,61 @@ <div class="byline"> <b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | <b>Posted:</b> 2020-07-24 | - <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-07-24 + <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-07-25 </div> Buckle up. This is going to get political. +<p class="note">Actually... no. Thanks to [the discussion on the +Fediverse](https://pleroma.paritybit.ca/notice/9xQZNCVzQRiZdtxoeG) I was alerted +to the following Lobste.rs thread containing [responses from one of the Suckless +folk](https://lobste.rs/s/kpuj8p/why_i_use_suckless_tools#c_4g2lqi) (username +"FRIGN"). From the responses in this thread, I can no longer say that the +Suckless folk were espousing far-right rhetoric or partaking in neo-nazi-like +activities. As it turns out, at least from the responses in that thread, there +was nothing political behind the torch march and the use of "Cultural Marxism" +was taken out of context and the word was probably misused.<br><br> +We can still call out the use of "Wolfsschanze" as the name of the mail server +is in bad taste and is offensive considering [where the term comes +from](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf's_Lair), but it is hardly evidence that +they are "literal neo-Nazis."<br><br> +The people who responded on the Fediverse I think were ultimately right, the +evidence here is largely circumstantial and I was mistaken in drawing the +conclusions that I did. I am sorry for that.<br><br> +I have used the HTML strikethrough to mark any parts of this which I now believe +are incorrect, leaving only the technical discussion behind. I will split off +the non-technical stuff to a different blog post as I think it's still an +important discussion to have, but this time it won't revolve around the Suckless +project.<br><br> +I am sticking to Alacritty for now due to the two issues with St I mention later +on, but I now feel a lot better about sticking with Suckless software and I'm +glad they try to keep politics out of their development circles.</p> + I've been a pretty happy user of St, the Simple Terminal from Suckless for quite -a few months now. However, as I was scrolling through my Fediverse timeline this -afternoon, I noticed a discussion about the attitudes of prominent software -contributors in the FOSS community which made me re-think my software choices. +a few months now. <s>However, as I was scrolling through my Fediverse timeline +this afternoon, I noticed a discussion about the attitudes of prominent software +contributors in the FOSS community which made me re-think my software +choices.</s> -It's no secret that a lot of people in FOSS can be abrasive, hard to deal with, +<s>It's no secret that a lot of people in FOSS can be abrasive, hard to deal with, and/or unaware of common social norms to the point where it can seriously harm a project's image, as it did, for example, with the Linux kernel in the time before Linus Torvalds took some leave to learn how to control his aggression. It's another story, however, when a group of people use and spread far-right rhetoric or partake in neo-nazi-like activities as I've recently learned -prominent people from the Suckless group have done. +prominent people from the Suckless group have done.</s> -Here are the resources that were shared with me: +<s>Here are the resources that were shared with me:</s> -* [Twitter thread 1](https://twitter.com/kuschku/status/1156488420413362177) -* [Twitter thread 2](https://twitter.com/pid_eins/status/1113738764797534208) -* [Cat-v ≠ Suckless](https://harmful.neocities.org/) +* <s>[Twitter thread 1](https://twitter.com/kuschku/status/1156488420413362177)</s> +* <s>[Twitter thread 2](https://twitter.com/pid_eins/status/1113738764797534208)</s> +* <s>[Cat-v ≠ Suckless](https://harmful.neocities.org/)</s> -From this, I can say that even if the Suckless team just has a really screwed up -sense of humour, it's not a group I'd want to promote or ever associate with. +<s>From this, I can say that even if the Suckless team just has a really screwed +up sense of humour, it's not a group I'd want to promote or ever associate +with.</s> -This issue once again stirs up the debate about the separation of a piece of +<s>This issue once again stirs up the debate about the separation of a piece of work from the creators of the work. Do we stop using or shun something that someone has created, even if it was previously loved, because of the actions of the creator? There's no black-and-white or one-size-fits-all answer to that @@ -46,12 +73,12 @@ because there are far more people than just Hans Resier (who, by the way, murdered his wife) developing it. On the other hand, other works have the creator's personality strewn through it like, for example, the Harry Potter novels (if you didn't know, J.K. Rowling [is transphobic and is also an asshole -about it](https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/books/jk-rowling-twitter-why-harry-potter-author-has-been-accused-transphobia-2877977)). +about it](https://www.scotsman.com/arts-and-culture/books/jk-rowling-twitter-why-harry-potter-author-has-been-accused-transphobia-2877977)).</s> -In the future, I will definitely avoid recommending Suckless' software and I'll +<s>In the future, I will definitely avoid recommending Suckless' software and I'll be far more hesitant to consider them when evaluating tools to use. For now, one thing that I know I can switch from with little friction and with an actual -technical benefit is St. I've been eyeing Alacritty as an alternative if I ever +technical benefit is St.</s> I've been eyeing Alacritty as an alternative if I ever got tired of St because it seems to also be lightweight, fast, and supportive of the [features I left urxvt for](https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/urxvt-to-st). It also still has a scrollback buffer, zooming in and out, clickable URLS, and it @@ -85,14 +112,14 @@ over SSH). Both of these workarounds are needed because Suckless refuses to patch what are technically flaws in different programs—libxft and bash/ssh respectively. -As for the other suckless programs I use, if I am to switch I'd need to find +<s>As for the other suckless programs I use, if I am to switch I'd need to find suitable replacements for dwm, slstatus, and dmenu. That's a little harder than switching from St because, not only do I have no technical issues with that software, there is also dwm's window swallowing patch which I consider to be a killer feature and which is lacking from pretty much every other window manager -(I don't want to go back to bspwm). +(I don't want to go back to bspwm).</s> -Ultimately, this is a tricky thing. How closely tied should we consider +<s>Ultimately, this is a tricky thing. How closely tied should we consider Suckless' software from the Suckless people themselves? It would be easy enough to fork it and maintain it under a different group and wantonly throwing away software which is objectively useful because the creators are bad seems a little @@ -100,7 +127,7 @@ extreme given that fact (look at what happened to ReiserFS). I will absolutely not be recommending them anymore, but, in terms of switching off of something that works really well for me, I really don't know. I'm curious what you think, [send me an email](mailto:jbauer@paritybit.ca) or reply to [this post in the -Fediverse](https://pleroma.paritybit.ca/notice/9xQZNCVzQRiZdtxoeG). +Fediverse](https://pleroma.paritybit.ca/notice/9xQZNCVzQRiZdtxoeG).</s> As always, my dotfiles can be found in the [dotfiles git repository](https://git.sr.ht/~jbauer/dotfiles) diff --git a/pages/home.md b/pages/home.md @@ -18,6 +18,8 @@ This site will soon™️ be available over Gopher and Gemini. <a class="rss-icon" href="/feeds/sitewide-feed.xml"> <img src="/img/feed-icon.png" width="15" height="15" alt="Click for RSS Feed"/> </a> </div> +2020-07-25 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/i-was-wrong">I Was Wrong</a> + 2020-07-24 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/switching-to-alacritty">"Switching From St to Alacritty" and "The Separation of Creators From Their Work"</a> 2020-07-23 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/two-truths-and-a-lie">Two Truths and a Lie</a> @@ -36,8 +38,6 @@ This site will soon™️ be available over Gopher and Gemini. 2020-07-14 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/debian-with-btrfs">Installing Debian 10 Buster with Encrypted LVM and btrfs Subvolumes</a> -2020-07-13 <a class="feed-item" href="blog/using-rm-with-trash">Using the "rm" Command with Trash</a> - ### What is a Parity Bit? It is a bit (in the 1's and 0's sense) used in checking for errors in digital diff --git a/public/feeds/sitewide-feed.xml b/public/feeds/sitewide-feed.xml @@ -7,6 +7,21 @@ <description>The feed that covers all notable additions, updates, announcements, and other changes for the entire paritybit.ca website.</description> <item> + <title>I Was Wrong</title> + <link>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/i-was-wrong</link> + <guid>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/i-was-wrong</guid> + <pubDate>Sat, 25 Jul 2020 01:15:39 -0400</pubDate> + <description><![CDATA[<h2 id="i-was-wrong">I Was Wrong</h2> +<div class="byline"> +<p><b>Written By:</b> Jake Bauer | <b>Posted:</b> 2020-07-25 | <b>Last Updated:</b> 2020-07-25</p> +</div> +<p>Yesterday I made a post about how I was switching away from St to Alacritty. I also took the opportunity to talk about the degrees of separation a work has from its creator such that (if the creator were to do something bad, would the work still be considered acceptable to enjoy or use?) because some allegations against the Suckless project made me reconsider using their software.</p> +<p>Before continuing, if you haven’t read the <a href="https://www.paritybit.ca//blog/switching-to-alacritty.html">updates to yesterday’s post</a> you should go do that now.</p> +<p>The insinuation that the Suckless folks were involved in neo-nazi behaviour was ultimately founded on very circumstantial evidence and I was wrong to jump to the conclusion that they were without trying harder to seek out responses from Suckless folk themselves. The discussion on the Fediverse alerted me to this, and I realized that the position I held was founded on weak ground and I was no longer even remotely confident that I was right.</p> +<p>So, even though I updated the previous post, I wanted to write this one in case anyone read the previous article without seeing the updates and redactions. I also think it’s important to publicly admit when one is wrong; it’s behaviour I like to see in others and I must practice what I preach, as it were.</p> +<p><em>This is my eightieth post for the <a href="https://social.paritybit.ca/tags/100DaysToOffload">#100DaysToOffload</a> challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at <a href="https://100daystooffload.com">https://100daystooffload.com</a>.</em></p>]]></description> + </item> +<item> <title>"Switching From St to Alacritty" and "The Separation of Creators From Their Work"</title> <link>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/switching-to-alacritty</link> <guid>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/switching-to-alacritty</guid> diff --git a/public/sitemap.xml b/public/sitemap.xml @@ -3,6 +3,7 @@ <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/home</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog</loc></url> + <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/i-was-wrong</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/switching-to-alacritty</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/two-truths-and-a-lie</loc></url> <url><loc>https://www.paritybit.ca/blog/mastodon-to-pleroma-2-customizing-my-instance</loc></url> diff --git a/style/main.css b/style/main.css @@ -3,6 +3,7 @@ --fg: #cccccc; --bg-bright: #36363a; --fg-bright: #eaeaea; + --fg-dim: #8c8c8c; --code: #4c4c4c; --accent: #83b3d8; --vis-link: #A696CC; @@ -73,6 +74,10 @@ li a, .feed-item { font-weight: bold; } +s { + color: var(--fg-dim); +} + img, video { max-width: 100%; }