Sometimes its hard to choose ones battles wisely. The recent flag debate on desktop-devel is a good example of an issue I probably should have kept out of alltogheter. Considering I never switch language or keyboard on my machine the current use / future non-use of flags in GNOME aflicts my field of interest about 0%. So why did I let myself get dragged into that debate then? Well I guess my recent work on the Sodipodi flag collection did give me an emotional tie to flags, although the two was not directly connected, as I know Jimmac had planned on using some 3D style flags instead of the 2D style we make in the flag project. Reading through the mails I think what got me to involve myself was the rather provocative style of Jeff from the way he announced his wish for having the flags removed and then ‘concluding’ the debate time and time again based on nothing but his original idea.

Anyway I have pretty much stayed clear of the debate as it resurged lately. There are other issues I actually care about so no need to burn out the candle on the trivialities :) Lets just hope this was a one time issue and not a new trend for how development policy decisions is done, if it is maybe we get a suggestion that gdict needs to get some censorware built in cause GNOME will not be shipped in the Vatican as long as you can look up ‘fuck’ in gdict :)