Something I've noticed when it comes to free software is that people will sometimes evaluate a project, form a negative conclusion and then continue criticising it year after year without bothering to check again whether there was any progress.

I see this so much with on Hacker News.

Saw someone recently complained about issues with XMPP, and then when pressed, admitted that the last time they used it was in 2013.

A software community is a living, evolving thing (unless it dies).

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@jcbrand I think there is a whole lot of misinformation deliberately being spread

@waweic @jcbrand
in fact I have this personal conspiracy theory (emphasis on the word theory) that there are bad actors insinuating themselves into #freesoftware projects and communities specifically to introduce little tiny problems and inconsistencies into the actual software and/or undermine the community.

does it sound a little too tinfoilhatish?

@falgn0n @jcbrand Idk, I don't think that would even be necessary. But capitalism could probably make it work


capitalism could probably make it work

explain what you mean?

@jcbrand (and even in 2013 it wasn’t as bad as what they were describing, of course)


Yeah, they're comparing 2013 XMPP with modern day chat apps, not with 2013 chat apps.

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