Bonum Certa Men Certa

Bad faith: attacking a volunteer at a time of grief, disrespect for the sanctity of human life

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Apr 22, 2024

Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock.

In the latest UDRP and legal vendettas from Debian trademark holders, they make a big fuss about keeping the suicides private but they show no respect for the privacy of my own family. It is hypocrisy.

The complainant admits they began attacking my family and I in 2018 (evidence: screenshot of doxing messages from Chris Lamb further below). This was a time when I lost two family members and it was a disturbing time for my family and I for a range of reasons.

I told fellow collaborators that I couldn't fully commit to some of my voluntary responsibilities at that time. (email to Molly de Blanc)

At the same time, one of the issues causing controversy is the appearance of a Debian suicide cluster or an open source software suicide cluster. The attempt to minimize attention on individual suicides also has the effect of minimizing discussion about whether the combined body of deaths form a cluster. Public health authorities define three or more suicides as a cluster. The public health authorities advise that clusters need special attention to avoid the risk of further deaths.

Moreover, given the way that the Debian deaths intersect with my own family life, including the unexplained death of Adrian von Bidder on the day of our wedding, a possible suicide, the grief and toxicity associated with these phenomena have inevitably become intertwined.

This phenomena should be examined from an independent perspective, with a focus on the issues and not trying to misdirect attention towards a volunteer who expressed concerns about it. Forcing an individual volunteer to write about such phenomena under the threat that WIPO will denounce me is abhorrent.

Given that we already have this unexplained Debian death on the very day of our wedding, which is a huge scar, how can they possibly be imposing more scars upon my life with the continued burden of public harassment on the Debian web site and through WIPO? It is too much and it has been going on for too long.

Therefore, the bad faith is entirely on the part of those bullies forcing the matter before WIPO.

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