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A reminder to people who use proprietary 'mainstream' digital tools provided (usually 'freemium') by massive US-based corporations within organisations (especially volunteer ones): when you choose to use these tools you, in effect, impose the terms-and-conditions of those tools upon all those you're asking to collaborate with you and your organisation. Some people will - for very good reasons - baulk at that. I know I do. When confronted by it, I offer an open, decentralised alternative.

If my offer's rejected, I tend to lose interest in investing my energies in that collaboration. I encourage the rest of you to do that, too. If you're volunteering make sure you do it on your terms, especially in areas where you know you know better. But remember, if rejecting a tool someone else offers, make sure you provide a positive alternative. Life's too short to be forced to use tools designed to exploit you and your communities.

@lightweight I submitted a very popular screensaver I had written to the Mac app store. Apple turned it down. After a couple of attempts to persuade them, I gave up and asked for my developer fee back, and haven't submitted anything else. Every now and again someone asks me why it isn't on the app store, and I tell them.

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