EFF Moan about libpurple logging

Luke Schierer lschiere at pidgin.im
Tue Jan 3 23:03:23 EST 2012

On Jan 3, 2012, at 22:57 EST, Kevin Stange wrote:

> On 01/03/2012 09:08 PM, Peter Lawler wrote:
>> Hi!
>> For those who may not be watching Twitter....
>> https://twitter.com/EFF/status/154394005940088832
>> 'Tell @pidginIM and @adium: ask users whether they want to log chats,
>> don't just turn it on'
> What an obnoxious comment.  Why not just post a suggestion to our
> mailing list rather than try to stir up an angry mob?
> Who controls @pidginIM, anyway?
>> FWIW, I retorted with a bunch of tweets that broken down were:
>> 'Patches welcome, we're not paid to write this stuff... Privacy
>> rewrite's been slowly worked on for >5 years'
> It's not difficult to turn this off by default, it's a two-line patch.
> If we agree that we want to be part of this adventure in paranoia, we
> might as well just do it rather than demand a patch.
> Kevin

It isn't just paranoia, it is also disk space consumption, though on any modern system that is less and less of a concern. 

The whole approach of "lets raise a fuss" rubs me the wrong way, and even if I were writing code, would tend to put my back up against even accepting such a patch.


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