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Paul Ford:

Open source is a movement, and even the charitably inclined would call it an extreme brofest. So there’s drama. People fight it out in comments, over everything from semicolons to codes of conduct. But in the end, the software works or it doesn’t. Politics, our personal health, our careers or lives in general — these do not provide a narrative of unalloyed progress. But software, dammit, can and does.

No, not unalloyed progress, not even in open-source projects. For instance, sometimes software gets bloated and slow and harder to use. Sometimes people add malicious or manipulative or surveilling code. There’s nothing magical about software that makes it impervious to bad human decisions.