[SFD-discuss] SFD 2021 Preparation

Frederic Muller - DFF fred at digitalfreedomfoundation.org
Tue Jun 29 03:41:56 UTC 2021

Answers below:

On 6/28/21 9:58 PM, Ali Reza Hayati wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Jun 2021 21:31:03 +0700
> Frederic Muller - DFF <fred at digitalfreedomfoundation.org> wrote:
>> which basically gives our different addresses and hashtags. For this
>> year it says: "For twitter, flickr and any service using hashtags, our
>> tag is #softwarefreedomday or #sfd(plus)year e.g. #sfd2021 for year 2021
> Should there be such notice, and a Facebook address? Like we're trying to invite people avoid such networks, not to invite them participate in Software Freedom Day using privacy-violating networks. Needless to mention that those networks make people run nonfree JavaScript.

Right. This has been a discussion in the past and we concluded it was a 
place to look for people who didn't know about Software Freedom, so 
while we really don't post much, we do inform about registration, and 
major messages we think matter.

>> Ok... we're still struggling to log back into Twitter because... you
>> know what?... not really into those SN private/I still your data/but I
>> don't tell you things. And I never tell anyone when I hurt my foot.
> What's the matter? Is there anything we can help?

Thank you, managed to get back in finally.

>>> - Let's have an account on Mastodon (on fediverse).
>> mmm... I'm not sure. SN comes and goes. Over the past (almost!) 20 years
>> we've had our shares of different ones. However we would be more than
>> happy if someone can help us and take care of what they think matters.
>> We can discuss further, and with pleasure.
> Mastodon is a decentralized federated social network made by free software (licensed under AGPL) and many free software organizations like FSF and GNOME are active there. It would be wonderful if we make an account there. Postings to/from Twitter and Mastodon can be automatic using some bots/services.

As I said we're a community, if someone feels like doing it we can 
discuss about the details and move forward.

> Also, I don't think "we had some accounts on some social networks 20 years ago" is a good excuse to avoid a popular ethical social network. In fact, we should be happy that such software and network exist and we can invite people to participate in that, instead of an unethical nonfree network.
I forgot the names... 20 years is a slight exaggeration, but a long time 
ago there were 2 Free (as in Freedom) Social Networks to 'replace' FB 
and Twitter. We had accounts in both, I actually took care of the 
Twitter clone until... it disappeared.

So no, it's not an excuse. As I said SN come and go, and yes we do also 
communicate on non-free ones because that's where newcomers are. I am 
not the one doing it, I don't like SN and do not have any account (nor 
do I have anything to say every 5 minutes).

>>> - Make a guideline for people to know how to celebrate SFD during the
>>> pandemic including hold an online program on ethical/FLOSS platforms.
>> So we have a start "something" here:
>> https://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/VideoConferencing
>> and it is a work in progress.
> I don't think that's what Ahangarha meant. I believe he meant something like inviting people to post that hashtag or join us fixing that bug or talk about free software and their rights with your friends kind of thing.

SFD is not about fixing a bug, it's about promoting and explaining 
(often to people not so familiar with) Free Software.

If Ahangarha is looking for a potential agenda we have quite some 
content in the wiki. The Startup Guide is a good start, there are topics 
suggestions as well, together with presentations and other suggestions.

Now with the pandemic (which seems to be what he asked for) we don't 
think face-to-face meeting is the way to go. That however doesn't change 
the content by itself. If we misunderstood the question, please 
Ahangarha let us know and we'll try to address your issue.

> Happy hacking everybody.
Thank you and happy preparation!


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