#SoftwareFreedom is important, but just as we can't expect everyone to code their own software from scratch, we can't expect them to transition to freedom-respecting software that they find impossibly confusing to use. #UX matters, and we need to help #FreeCode developers learn to create better UX, and be welcoming when people with UX experience get involved in free code projects.


@strypey I have a friend who talks about this. she is a non-techie environmental activist who has been working with geeks to create open source solutions for activists to publish online. The poor user interface of a lot of free software is a major bugbear for her, and I think she has a good point. She can see the point of the politics of free software, but without usable interfaces it is going to remain a geek enclave.

@highfellow @strypey

#FreeSoftware is something you are #free to study, modify, use, distribute:

- it's not a moral duty, but a #Freedom (which imply the freedom to chose to NOT run free software)
- you can't employ your freedom until you can't modify the software itself.

So the solution is, for sure, to welcome each #UX and #UI #hack (and #hacker), from 640x480 16 color #TempleOS, to #dmenu and so on.

But it also mean to expand the enclave through #education and #simplicity.

@highfellow this is exactly the role I've been trying to play since the mid-90s. I'm more of "techie" now that I was then, thanks to years of reading and testing, but I'm still a "power user", not a developer or engineer. I'm really keen to learn more about formal #UX practice, so I can be more helpful.

(BTW please untag me if you repond to Shamar. I have them on mute and I could do without half a frustrating nonsensical conversation with them in my notifications. Thanks ;-)

@strypey it's good to know there are people putting the time in to get stuff like this right.

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