Thursday, 4 April 2013

An open letter to Phil Daintree of webERP

This page is written in response to the lies that +Phil Daintree has written about me, and spread on the internet. Despite years of searching he has been unable to find anything I have written that is untrue, and he has had to resort to vague generalities, faked emails, and badly fabricated screenshots (you can see the joins if you zoom in using any bit mapped image editor). +Phil Daintree is welcome to make any comments to these pages, as he has done in the past. If I agree with what he says I will amend my writings, if I do not agree I have allowed his comments to stand next to mine so that people can make their own judgements. I have every confidence in the intelligence of readers to make a sensible judgement based on the facts. +Phil Daintree will not allow me the right of reply to any of the lies he has told about me. It seems to me significant that he realises that if people see both sides of the argument they will see through his lies.

As with anything I publish, anybody (except the viagara  salesmen) can comment on my blog. I make a public commitment that I will not attempt to forge or censor any posts, as goes on in all the communication channels on webERP. If +Phil Daintree wishes to dispute anything in this blog he is free to do so. If I am wrong I will alter my post. I trust in the common sense and intelligence of people to read the facts and to make up their own minds.

Phil Daintree was forced into issuing a public apology for his lies regarding me on the webERP developers list. I tried to post a reply to the mailing list but as always happens to my posts it was immediately rejected. I believe it makes some valid points so I publish it in full here:

Thanks for the apology, which I accept in the spirit that it was sent.

I do think you are wrong on one matter though. You say "It is a sad
reflection of the state of our relationship that I automatically assume the worst". I would rather say that "It is a sad reflection on
your perception of the state of our relationship that you
automatically assume the worst". You see every action of mine (and
anyone who has disagreed with something you have said) through a prism
of hatred that means you only want to assume that the action was in
some way aimed to get at you. It is not. There is no conspiracy to get
at you. No conspiracy to make your life hard. In all the cases where
you have read this into someone's actions there is a much simpler
explanation than that, as was the case here.

All I want is to be able to develop software in a community where
anything can be discussed without fear of threats or abuse if I say
something you don't agree with. I just want to develop software in a
community where the ownership rights of contributors are honoured. I
want to develop software in a community where all contributors are
treated with respect, not where they will be publicly belittled for
weeks when you don't like their contributions. A community where if
their contributions need improving, then they are politely helped to
improve so that they can get better.

You seem to have made it clear that this is not the sort of community
you want, and there is nothing I can do about that. You control all
the means of communication in the community and you have shown that
you are determined to use that control to eliminate any dissent. That
is why I also contribute to other projects, where the community is
more like the one I talked about above.

When I feel that the work is not going to be controversial I also
include it in webERP, and all other work is immediately available for
you to decide for yourself.

You have said before that your banning me means you no longer have to
defend your decisions. I think this is wrong. I think as the leader of
the community you have an obligation to defend your decisions if
members of the community ask for reasons.

In conclusion Phil, there are no plots or counter plots. There never
were. The state of our relationship is only within you, and you are
the only one who can break that cycle.