14 February 2019
I love Free Software Day 2019
We should remember the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software contributors in their important work for society. And the 14th of February (Thursday) is the ideal day to do that.
A lot of criticism is exchanged in the Free Software community. We write bug reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing wrong with that. It's constructive, as it helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we should also show our appreciation and encouragement to those hardworking people behind Free Software.
Show your love for Free Software
Free Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday lives. It ensures our freedom, our security, civil rights, and privacy. It enables everyone to participate in a fair society. And since everybody loves Free Software for different reasons, let's show this variety to the world!
Valentine's Day, being the traditional day for people to show their love for others, presents us with the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the contributors of the various Free Software we love: developers, translators, designers, testers, or documentation writers, of huge softwares or smaller projects. All of them work to keep the Free Software ecosystem which we enjoy every day healthy, vibrant, and growing.
Be part of #ilovefs
It doesn't matter who and where you are or what your background is – everyone can participate in the "I love Free Software" day in many various ways:
- For example, thank your favourite contributors for their work in a personal way by sending one of our postcards.
- Show your appreciation publicly using social networks or your blog to demonstrate to the world how many people love Free Software – and thereby motivate others to do the same. Just use the hashtag #ilovefs on Mostodon, Twitter, or other platforms.
If everybody contributes a small part, we can enjoy a beautiful "I love Free Software" Day together.
Let's share videos and pictures, tweets, send postcards and blog posts using the #ilovefs, and show our love individually.
Happy "I love Free Software" Day everyone!
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