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[liberationtech] Vote results on "Reply to" Question

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Sat Mar 30 20:24:38 PDT 2013

On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:41 PM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at> wrote:
> Failure, actually. It shows that democratic decisions
> tend to produce technically suboptimal results.

The vote in this case shows that majority of subscribers value their
convenience more than cool stories of someone's past stupidity or
settings guidelines from, of all things, GNU software. To most people,
it is pretty clear that convenience * number of users > some contrived
case of someone getting hurt due to not thinking before doing
something — an intuitive economic argument that somehow eludes people
who value SMTP headers over what users actually want.

> That the whole list was spammed with voting traffic
> just adds insult to injury -- Dunning-Kruger in
> action.

It is pretty clear that people wanted their opinion to be known. Just
asking for something (individual replies in case of this vote) doesn't
mean that everyone will comply. Don't assume that you are smarter than
everyone else just because you are better versed in technical aspects
of some issue.

Maxim Kammerer
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