User talk:Rmstallman/archive

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Welcome 0[edit]


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Welcome 1[edit]

Welcome to Wikipedia! Let me be the first to say it's an honor to have such an esteemed animal lover in our presence. What you've done for the image of wildebeests around the world is unprecedented! -- BRIAN0918  22:16, 29 July 2005 (UTC)

Welcome 2[edit]

Dear Dr. Stallman, welcome to Wikipedia! You may remember me from last year's speech in Athens. Wikinerd 11:00, 16 August 2005 (UTC)


Dr. Stallman, it's really an honor to have you here. I appologize, I think I may have been responsible in part for some of the errors in your article (especially the fellowships bit). Whether or not you feel personally offended, things like that make WP look bad, and I shouldn't have relied on my own memory. I'm an avid reader of your website, and I didn't mind the Harry Potter spoiler; I will be buying the US edition tonight, only because my sister preordered it and specifically asked me to do so. I am a proud and very pleased Gentoo GNU/Linux user. --Pakaran 14:47, 15 July 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for everything[edit]

You are a freedom fighter. Thanks for everything. --WAS 4.250 09:26, 11 October 2005 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Text of the GNU Free Documentation License[edit]

Hello RMS. There is a discussion regarding the validity of Wikipedia's local copy of the GFDL here. Since you wrote the GFDL, I thought you would be an authority on this issue. The page has recently been modified so the section numbers match those of the original license text ([1]). Does this make it "close enough" or does it need to be identical, or should it just link to a plain text file? --pile0nadestalk | contribs 23:23, 27 July 2005 (UTC)
Link to discussion on Jimbo Wales's talk page. --pile0nadestalk | contribs 04:00, 28 July 2005 (UTC)

A note[edit]

Hey. I notice you've been doing some work on Richard Stallman. While yours is definitely a bit of a "special case", I thought I'd still direct you to our guidelines on autobiography just in case. (Also note that they're just guidelines.) We are glad to have you with us; thank you for your contributions. -Fennec (はさばくのきつね) 14:00, 1 August 2005 (UTC)

"Copying" subsection in "Terminology"[edit]

We had a discussion in Talk:Richard Stallman (currently at the bottom, titled as above) and I thought maybe you can clarify your position on the word piracy and on sharing with one's neighbour. Rl 11:07, 17 August 2005 (UTC)

I'll probably get shot for this, but I'd suggest it would be advisable for Stallman to publish these opinions somewhere and have another editor interpret them. If Stallman edits the article himself, he is almost certain to make small mistakes that cause it to be POV. I'm not criticising Stallman (not here, anyway) - this is an inherent feature of personalities. Rob Church Talk | Desk 12:38, 21 August 2005 (UTC)


I make no secret of the fact that I am an avid Microsoft fan. But I would not like to see any editor with your... prestige... come up against one of our policies. Edits such as [2] could be read as a touch POV; it's more the edit summary than the insult, but you get the idea. Might I urge caution? --Rob Church Talk | Desk 02:18, 29 August 2005 (UTC)

The edit is very short and very proper and anyone can see for themselves. I urge RMS to be bold - it's a Wikipedia guideline. WAS 4.250 16:29, 15 November 2005 (UTC)

This particular edit ([3]) is definitely a small one, and it serves the Neutral Point of View Guideline, as it deletes Subjective materials. I don't see the point of this remark (I'm a GNU user, but for that time I'm feeling quite objective). Ppchailley 08:45, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

Email blocking[edit]

The email address mentioned on your site,

rms at

seems not to accept email unless it can identify the domain of where it is originating. Whilst I can understand that as a security feature of many email sites, as a precaution against unsolicited spam, it hadn't occurred to me that this particular destination would have that blockage. About a year ago I sent you an email from my private computer, using (guess what operating system!), and I sent it using sendmail. Only recently I noticed on some log that it had not been delivered because the destination site could not identify the originating domain. (Even though the "From" and "Reply-to" header fields did have a valid email address - that of an ISP.) It hadn't occurred to me that sendmail would have a problem in this case, because of your (and gnu in general) support for open source and open standards. Any way, that message I tried to send you was to ask if you had heard of an American political economist called Henry George? --Polsequ95 16:29, 17 September 2005 (UTC)

I do not support "open source", and neither does the GNU Project.
See As for the mail server's requirement, I suppose that is to reject some spam, but I am not an expert on such things.
Yes, I guess many people dont't really know the difference between "free software" and "open source". Richard, thank you for your involvement. There should be more people like you. God bless you. -- 07:12, 19 November 2006 (UTC)


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I give this barnstar to Richard Stallman for making Wikipedia possible. - Haukur Þorgeirsson

Lisp machines[edit]

I've been editing various Lisp machine-related articles (like Symbolics, Lisp Machines, Inc., Genera &etc.) lately, and I've been having an extraordinarily hard time finding any pictures of LMI machines, much less Freely licensed ones (indeed, the only even half-way decent one is Image:Lambda with drives.jpg... which is saying something); although there are plenty of Symbolics pictures, I want some LMI representation as well.

Anyways, since you were involved in that whole period, I thought you might know someone who had some pictures or even have some pictures yourself. (I'd also appreciate your checking over the articles as well. The online and offline sources are rather incestous or opinionated or just plain hard to get). --Maru (talk) Contribs 07:49, 11 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikimania 2006[edit]

Hello, Mr.Dr. Stallman,

Should I be expecting to see you at Wikimania 2006 in Boston? If so, please drop me a line on my user talk page. Although we may personally disagree on some things, I think it would still be a very enjoyable experience to talk to you and discuss things revolving around open software.

Kind regards, Alex Schenck (that's Linuxbeak to you) 22:04, 18 December 2005 (UTC)