So I recently created the bug regarding the Canonical Design Team removing the community link and also blogged about it. I created a thread on forums and whenever I discuss a topic as important as this I try to reflect on whether my intentions will have the appropriate results and also try to keep my emotions in check. Indeed, I am so passionate about open source communities I’m involved in that I feel the need to advocate for the community in the face of all challenges.
But admittedly, I think my individual response to the removal of the community link has fired some people up to think that Canonical is anti-community which it is not. I do think that Canonical is a business and that businesses do sometimes make decisions that suit them best and may not take into regard how it impacts the people surrounding that business. Perhaps that’s what I thought was going on here, but it has become evident that this was not Canonical’s intention.
So, going forward, I will more deeply reflect on blog posts and discussions and try to take into account that sometimes there are benign factors at play that might seem like fire and brimstone at first. I am also conscious of the fact that I need to set a good standard in our community and reaction over this incident was somewhat reactionary, which in turn generates other reactionary responses, not helping to solve the problem, but more get in the way. I want to additionally apologize for this bit which I take full responsibility for: I would like to note that the video did not specifically refer to Canonical. The same day it was posted, I immediately deleted the video because it was not appropriate for public and I should not have created it.