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September 29, 2009
News - Open Source Hardware Ques…
about 3 years ago
I think the OSI is being unfairly represented in this post and, as such, I believe Sparkfun and OSHWA are being needlessly aggressive by making the issue public in this manner.
I was all set to viscerally defend Sparkfun, but then I read the discussion at OSHWA and realized the matter is much more nuanced and benign than I had originally understood it to be.
Sparkfun needs to be careful and show much more restraint when making matters like these public; it has a large and very loyal following that can be easily whipped up into frenzy. People tend to make knee jerk reactions when they feel something they like is under attack, and quickly go on the offensive. Somebody needs to make a PSA called “When Online Communities Attack,” because it’s a scary thing.
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