Summary: Suggestions for Canonical regarding eradication of Internet trolls in Ubuntu Forums and discouragement of trolling by Mono boosters who masquerade as Ubuntu members (or use such a duality)
I DON’T know exactly what’s going on inside Canonical, but after almost 7 years with Ubuntu (my first one was 4.10) I sense that the company got rotten from the inside. I was defending it when it came under scrutiny or dangers from all sorts of directions and spent many days of my life advocating its use. But I am almost done carrying water for Ubuntu, especially because its parent company is harbouring Mono boosters as members who troll this site in IRC and other means of communication. It’s understandable when this is done by former Microsoft employees who now promote Mono (they pulled the same tricks in our IRC channels before), but when people associated with Ubuntu engage in trolling, that’s too far and it shows what Canonical must cope with. Canonical needs to also remove people who are blatantly against GNU/Linux (e.g. a community which openly states this) in Ubuntu Forums because their presence there is, by definition, malicious. It’s not about censorship, it’s about behaviour. Rather than censor Mono critics (or push them away), Canonical should consider kicking out people who only try to cause trouble because they want Canonical to fail (and do so by trashing Canonical’s own platform, Ubuntu Forums).
“his shows the hypocrisy in boasting “Open Respect” banners in Canonical blogs while members with “ubuntu” cloaks (i.e. accepted for affiliation) are out there disrespecting even those who respect Ubuntu.”We are not going to feed troublemakers by naming them, but those who provoke to make up smears (based on answers from people who are not spokespeople or anything like that) are trolls who pretend to be “just curious”. It’s a trolling technique. It’s sometimes called baiting, too. This shows the hypocrisy in boasting “Open Respect” banners in Canonical blogs while members with “ubuntu” cloaks (i.e. accepted for affiliation) are out there disrespecting even those who respect Ubuntu. I contacted Canonical’s community manager for Ubuntu some hours ago and there has been no reply yet.
Trying to associate any site with rude people whose responses provide a convenient excuse to slam a platform rather than its message is a low blow. If Canonical allows people to do the same sort of thing by pretending to represent Ubuntu, then maybe it’s time to throw the towel on Ubuntu. There are many better options out there and without some ground rules there is anarchy. If “Open Respect” was ever to become a Ubuntu motto, then it must also become recognised as a top deficiency; there is a lot of work to be done there. █