When we keep advocating for the debt that open-source users supposedly owe to maintainers, the door is wide open for charlatans to prey on the guilt.
Python is not the only community to have been hit with this, but what a sad story none the less. https://vorpus.org/blog/why-im-not-collaborating-with-kenneth-reitz/ …
The hesitation to start any drama is a very real deterrent for open-source communities to take grievances public. Which allows shit like this to go on and snare new, unsuspecting guilt-ridden donors. Kudos to the author for daring to do go public with this account.
Kinda a timely reminder for several of the highlights of my RailsConf talk! Jubilee the debt away, let donors evaluate projects on merit and governance rather than guilt trips and shaming, and be extremely careful (without being petrified) of mixing money and open source.
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