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please remove my name from this project #64

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BurntSushi opened this issue May 4, 2019 · 3 comments

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@BurntSushi BurntSushi commented May 4, 2019

I'm pretty disgusted that someone has taken a project I built, relicensed it, attempted to erase its entry on the Python Wiki, released it under effectively the same name and, worst of all, associated it with Nazi symbols. This is from the footer of your web site:

pdoc-swastika

Please remove my name from this project. I do not wish to be associated with it. For example:

https://github.com/mitmproxy/pdoc/blob/69ce6240df227b50c799073587d6358c368788a9/setup.py#L15-L16

Please also remove any commit in which I'm listed as an author and otherwise expunge my name from this project.

@kernc kernc changed the title please remove my name from this project, as I do not want to be associated with Nazis please remove my name from this project May 4, 2019
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@kernc kernc commented May 4, 2019

Nice to meet you!

I'm sincerely sorry you feel this way. 😞 I actually thought you might be positively thrilled to see your project evolve, flourish and be more widely used, even in face of, opinion based on observation, your inadvertent subpar choice of inheritors.

I experienced the old project as abandoned and the maintainers unmalleable, but since the project's core ideas are so great and important, a fork to keep it alive made perfect sense. It's still the same project! I dare even say (conjecture) that with the exclusion of all software enhancing additions, fewer lines were touched since you left it than in the other, now clearly defunct repo. And you sure know underdog projects can benefit from some head start. Admittedly, initial erasing of the link on the wiki was a severe case of misjudgment. 😅

I relicensed the fork under GNU AGPL because this is, as RMS once irrefutably convinced me, the freest license, ensuring the extension of public human heritage and the upkeep of user freedoms in perpetuity. Only well intended.

Now, regarding the swastikas in the page footer and in my avatar: it's a matter of grave misinterpretation. These swastikas aren't those of Nazi Germany but rather of Buddhist kind, appearance, and intent. I expose them as lucky charms, tokens of good will and good luck; certainly not to exemplify Nazi symbols or ideology. In light of this, I guess I ought to view further hinting at my swastikas associated with Nazism as deliberate and malicious libel.

No harm done. ☺️

I gather from your message that this was your greatest concern. Since the argument now appears irrelevant, and assuming you hold no other personal grudges against me (😇), would you maybe like to retract or reconsider your request?

You are, after all, the project's visionary father! I'm just the perpetuator.

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@BurntSushi BurntSushi commented May 4, 2019

would you maybe like to retract or reconsider your request?

No. My request stands. Please remove any reference to my name from this project. I want no association with it or you.

@kernc kernc closed this in 0b1561b May 5, 2019
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@kernc kernc commented May 5, 2019

Very sorry you feel this way as it makes me look bad and ill-intentioned, which I'm not ...

But, of course, 👍 on the request. I, too, don't appreciate my name needlessly scattered across the web or connected with things bearing my honest, if misaligned, disapproval. The update has been pushed as 0.6.1.

Can't oblige with the request to remove commits from the project's historical archive, though. The request is unjustified and technically infeasible. Sorry.

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