Full Article Attached Towards Mozilla 1.0

Tuesday June 26th, 2001

Gervase Markham recently posted his feelings on what a 1.0 release of Mozilla would be. Gerv has sent us the follow-up to that posting, including much of the feedback he received. To read it, click the full article link. Once you have read through it, we welcome you to post your feelings on what you think a 1.0 release would have. [As Gerv says, please don't post your favorite list of bugs, only the criteria for choosing what bugs to fix.]

#246 Re: Re: Re: Re: Cut the bull or put the bull in?

by jelwell

Friday July 6th, 2001 5:29 PM

You are replying to this message

You said, "Give me one good example of the GNKSA preventing someone from doing something they should be able to do."

I did, and now you're saying, "But users are *not* supposed to post messages with empty subjects on USENET. It's bad netiquette. Which is the whole point."

If users were meant to not be able to post messages without subjects than the USENET would have been architected that way. The Usenet was designed with a purpose and one of those purposes was flexibility. Next thing you know the GNKSA is going to start approving websites, and suddenly I won't be able to create a web page in Composer unless I give it a title.

The restrictions are meant for a purpose, but at the same time they're restricting what users should be able to do - according to the architecture of USENET, not according to your opinion, or the opinion of the GNKSA, or even the opinions of a "large portions of USENET" - as you say. That's like prohibition, just because it disturbs the majority, doesn't mean it should be outlawed entirely.

So finally you're starting to see that the GNKSA is about restricting what users can and should be able to do. The GNKSA is about restricting USENET use to what you call "netiquette", but what others might refer to as "arbitrary restrictions". Specifically, you sasy "The GNKSA is about preventing users from doing things that piss off large portions of USENET...". :) I'm glad that you understand, now, that the GNKSA is about arbitrary restrictions.

I for one don't want to help build a browser that restricts my freedoms or the freedoms of others, just so the USENET can be a better place for you. I hope that better place never makes room for me. Joseph Elwell.