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December 30, 2004

Am I a bad person?

I finally got around to finishing a piece of software I've been working on in my spare time. It's ready to be packaged up in a disk image and released to the internet. The last step in my process has been writing the documentation: the instructions and the license.

This particular version of the software is free, so the license is fairly simple and permissive. On the one hand, I want it to spread like wildfire among the communities that need it. On the other hand, a woman was recently the talk of the Mac blogosphere for getting pissed off at a developer when a piece of beta software she was given by a friend with no explanation had a bug that reset its own data.

I briefly considered naming this particular license clause after her. Does that make me a bad person, or just a person with a low tolerance for idiocy and grade-school theatrics like she pulled?

At any rate, it's in there now as the Preventing Self-Obsessed, Clueless Moaning Clause. I may take the name out before I submit the final release to the software sites tonight, but the clause itself is staying.

Posted by Colin at December 30, 2004 12:40 PM

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