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I think the problem is the people involved. How am i, a random Joe online, is meant to know whether his behavior is poor or not? It’s not like I am his friend or have even met him. A lot of people give him the benefit of the doubt, because he’s done something for them in the past. Or the opposite because of what they hear online.
Spot on. I’ve met him and a lot of people I know and trust have been around him at conferences. In 20 years I’ve heard only complains about his public behavior and I’ve witnessed various example of that.
I’ve never heard anyone claiming that RMS is evil or malevolent, but rather unable to act appropriately around people or understand what is socially acceptable, despite having been told many times.
[Disclaimer: I actively support Free Software and GPL]