"No one can be involved in the free software community to any
extent without stumbling across conspiracy theorists. Like the mad
wife in the attic, they're an embarrassment to the community,
clinging to attitudes appropriate to the days when free software
was new and vulnerable, and providing an easy means for outsiders
to discredit the rest of the community. They can also waste a lot
of your time if you let them, so you should learn how to identify
them for your own sake.
"You remember the scene in Apocalypse Now when Colonel
Kurtz mumbles his story? You may remember leaning forward,
straining to hear him--only to realize with a cold thrill that what
he is saying is insane..."
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