That's not what blackmail is. You are stretching the meaning of the word "blackmail" to include something that it is not, so that you have a convenient way to attack my character.I'm calling it what it is. If you want to stick to inflexible "definitions" of terms that's your affair; the rest of us don't see it as "releasing personal information", we see it as attempting to manipulate people's emotions to get what you want.
Why are you making out a statement of my opinion about ethics to be "underhanded tactics"? The only underhanded tactics here are yours: you are using the underhanded tactic of associating a word that everyone knows represents something horrible with a completely unrelated action in order to make me look like some sort of criminal. In fact, you're doing it twice: first you call a statement of my opinion "manipulation", and then you stretch the meaning of the term "blackmail" to be what you perceive to be "manipulation", so that my mere opinion about ethics is now comparable to extorting money from someone by threatening to reveal their personal information. It's disgusting, and it shows that you have no intellectual integrity.You want a world where everything is free, and you're willing to resort to underhanded tactics like the above (which I outlined and you nicely quoted) in order to force a change in people to bring them round to your viewpoint. Of course the statement of the ethics of source code is an opinion - yet you word it as though it should be obvious that it's a fact. That there is no room for misinterpretation, that if you don't see proprietary code as being "wrong" then you are yourself unethical.
Which is an awful thing to do, but you seem to be quite happy with it.
That's not what I meant at all, and if you are a reasonably intelligent adult (which I assume you are; let me know if this assumption is faulty), you should know that. I was saying the obvious truth that there is a difference between something being unethical and being scary. A vegan thinks slaughtering animals for food is unethical, but they aren't scared of meat.You don't think the animals might not quiver in fear?
You said that my mere statement that proprietary software is unethical is an attempt to arouse fear. That's bullshit. I'm not afraid of proprietary software any more than I am afraid of the North Korean government. I am not trying to get others to be afraid of proprietary software by saying it is unethical, either, any more than I would be trying to get people to be afraid of the North Korean government by saying that their actions are unethical.
I could say the same thing about you with the language you're using.I really don't think you really have as good a grasp on the language you're using as you think you have - so you're either ignorant or deliberately a nasty person with an agenda.
If someone wanders into a forum that's unrelated to their interests and starts accusing people of being unethical, which would you say they were?
I "wandered" into this forum to share Stellar. That's it. I already got fed up with this community when a very similar argument to this one happened, and I think it was also with you. I've been thoroughly convinced that this community is hostile and not worth being a part of. If you agree with the mainstream opinion, great. Otherwise, well, damn, you might as well be a murderer!
Despite that, I came here because I have something of interest (an easy-to-use game engine which works out-of-the-box on the Pandora, and a project which lets you use that engine via a Game Maker-like GUI). I want to think that even though I completely disagree with this community's general position regarding software (the open source philosophy), we can still be helpful to each other and I can talk about my views like a normal person. And yet, once again, I am starting to be convinced that I can't.
Take a look at the start of this topic. In the first post, I briefly said that I'm not really interested in this community anymore. See two paragraphs ago for why I felt this way. But the rest of the post was talking about Stellar and SGE. I never intended to be participating in another argument about my views, much less have my character attacked by someone who clearly has no real argument. I haven't even gotten out my list of common arguments against free software, because you aren't interested in that. You are only interested in pretending that I'm some horrible, manipulative person who is "blackmailing" people by simply stating my views.