Advocacy doesn’t work if you tell someone they’re wrong

by Volker Weber

Generally it isn’t a good idea to offend someone you’re trying to convince. This is sounding almost too obvious, but offending someone we are trying to get to free software is a tactic we often use unconsciously. Instead of getting your point across it will likely lead the other to strengthen or adopt a contrary believe. There’s much we can learn from social psychology in advocating free software.

This is true for all advocacy.

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You can see an example here. ;-)

Olav Brinkmann, 2010-11-04

Quatsch. Bissu blöd, odda? :-)

Volker Weber, 2010-11-04

The FSF has noticed this really early ...
I am actually surprised that they noticed it at all.

Thomas Muders, 2010-11-04

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