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By mitchp
via notepad-plus-plus.org
Published: Jun 09 2010 / 13:40

Since January 2010, SourceForge has complied with US law to deny site access from 5 countries (Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria). This action is totally absurd - not mentioning to that Notepad++ project is far from a part of US property (like all the hosted FOSS projects in SF), the fact that a FOSS hoster rejects the access from some population is not only a discrimination action but also a violation of fundamental FOSS principle.
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raboof replied ago:

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It is 'absurd' for a US site backed by a US company to comply with US law?

Nonsense - it's the US government that's absurd, we can't blame this on SF.net.

Still sucks, though.

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philho replied ago:

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"We refuse to apply US government's vision", so they don't blame SF itself.

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raboof replied ago:

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You're right - I guess I misread the article: the first few lines sure look like they're calling sf.net absurd, not the government policy.

I removed my vote-down, but i'm not adding a vote-up: the article confused me, so it's bound to confuse others.

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Alexander Orlov replied ago:

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I'd like to know why the "vote down" ppl acted accordingly... And what's about Google Code? Does Google Code deny access from these countries?

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raboof replied ago:

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See my comment above ;).

Actually, the block on sf.net is actually optional and can be turned on and off per project: http://sourceforge.net/blog/some-good-news-sourceforge-removes-blanket-blocking/). I'd expect Google Code to be in a similar situation, but I haven't heard anything about it from them.

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Ian replied ago:

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Yes, I often want to know why someone 'voted down' a particular article. For example, an Eclipse milestone announcement was made and it included 'vote downs': http://www.dzone.com/links/eclipse_36_m7_helios_available_for_download.html. It was an announcement -- not much room for controversy. Did the milestone link not work? Was the blog inaccurate? Was the release littered with spy-ware and should be avoided at all cost? I think that vote downs should come with a comment field.

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raboof replied ago:

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Lol, I see what you did there.

Anyway I didn't vote that one down, but I can well imagine: posting release announcements for all kinds of products would turn into a mess, I'm not particularly interested in seeing those on dzone either. And this wasn't even a proper release, but a feature freeze snapshot.

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Ian replied ago:

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I see your point about posts regarding release announcements (I disagree with you, but I see your point). But I think stating this when you vote down something would help (I don't mean *you* personally raboof, just you, the dzone readers). There is a big difference between not agreeing with a release announcement (in principle) and something wrong with the article.

As for voting down things we are not interested in seeing, remember, we have 3 options. Vote up, vote down and do nothing. I personally won't vote something down (or up) unless I read the post first. If I'm not interested in something then I likely won't read it and thus, won't vote. I don't use Netbeans, or Apple produces, and I don't vote on these articles -- because I know there is a community here that appreciates these posts. I only vote things down if there is something wrong with the post (or it's a controversial article and I disagree with the author).

Anyways, just my $0.02.

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jacksonrobbins replied ago:

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SF.NET could grow a pair ?

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Gio2k replied ago:

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"You can access to all versions of Notepad++ on the Sourceforge Download page." - lol

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