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Re: [opensuse-project] Religious and political views in packages
Uh this should turn into an endless and at least at times interesting thread. I'll bite and get the party started ;)

On 09/09/2011 05:59 AM, Sascha Peilicke wrote:
Hello everyone,

sr#81625 want's to add 'sword', a bible study tool to openSUSE:Factory. While
that is totally fine, the spec file %description contains stuff like:

+The SWORD Project is an effort to create an ever expanding software package
for
+research and study of God and His Word.
Well, I personally do not care much for any religious agenda people may have, or religion in general. Further, I thought all those people are still debating whether or not Darwin was correct and evolution is real, now they start writing software.....where will it end?

On a more serious note. I do not interpret the message in the description as being pushy or as an attempt to further the submitters personal religious agenda. Anytime we try to limit/censor wording in package descriptions we are going to run into trouble in some way. Who gets appointed the description police to enforce the rules? This would truly be a miserable job. If we want to keep stuff like this out it would be easier to have a policy that says "no political or religious packages". Then we have a rule on contributions and we do not "censor" an individual's writing in the description of a package. A rule on a package level may also be easier to follow as it moves things to a more technical rather than a personal subjective level.

My personal opinion is to keep stuff like this out of factory. People can still build it in their home projects and people interested will still find the package.

Later,
Robert

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