[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] Revert "Remove battleforthenet widget"

Lou Logan lou at lrcd.com
Sun Mar 4 21:12:57 EET 2018

On Sun, Mar 4, 2018, at 5:45 AM, Ronald S. Bultje wrote:
> I'm so sick of everything being about politics, everything being
> politicized, everything being presented about the end of the world, and
> everything being pushed in my face and everyone being forced to
> continuously pay attention, have an opinion and to care.
> Because it's just not true. It's just a spin. Sure, some things are
> important. But the end of the world? Hardly. To put our reputation as a
> prime, pristine, independent and unpartisan collection of multimedia tools
> and experts on the line for an unlikely and minor moment of partisan gain
> in a single country. Really? Why? I just don't get it.
> If you want to play politics, join a political movement or party, attend or
> organize rallies, run for local, state or federal office, create a
> politically motivated youtube channel or facebook group. But don't use our
> website.
> My issue is this: this advertising turns FFmpeg into a political movement.
> But I don't want FFmpeg to be a political movement, or to be political at
> all. I would like FFmpeg to be an opensource (or free software) project
> where people with various interests in multimedia can come together -
> regardless of background - and create cool technical innovations.
> Ronald

+1 too.

I began writing something along the same lines when I wrote my earlier reply but never finished and it was much less well written.

I retract my acquiesced suggestion of a small banner. It was a compromise to try to find an acceptable solution to make everyone equally unhappy.

FFmpeg should be apolitical. We have enough technical things to spend out time on and argue over.

The majority do not want this thing on the website. I think this discussion should end here.

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