I don't get your point.
It was not my intention to claim you personally may be or really are
against free speach. I do hope you did not get that impression.
But asking to shut someone down is always problematic - and this
was your point IMHO, wasn't it.
From my point of view the discussion here is interesting - even
though (this is a point for your argument) the facts are not
the majority - which is different in other LWN comments.
From my perspective we currently have a social problem, how to
deal with people, help others etc.
Many things tend to be changed in ways many of those starting Linux
in the 90-ies are not happy to see.
I am sure that if former colleagues of mine would read this they
will absolutely state that histrionics is not my part - but standing
on the feet of others deliberatly kicking others is.
GNOME has a good share of Linux DEs - so if things get problematic
for a good deal of their users, they may have a problem - even if
they chose a different DE for their private computer.
And having to leave something you got familiar with is not nice.
Putting it the other way around - if no one would care about GNOME,
at least on LWN you would not see such a discussion.
So GNOME is important and it might be good for GNOME developers to
look at the details - and to bring together people who fell apart
(Unity anyone). This would be best for the entire community - and
will end discussions like this one on LWN.