Reid wrote:[…] The project is not a "GPL licensed project", the main point of TMW to be open-sourced is for us to be able to work in group without thinking of back-stabbing copyrights or egos that usually happens in proprietary softwares. Other conveniences from being free and open-source are valuable as well, but keep in mind that the GPL is one of our various tool, nothing else.
[…] And I stand still on my previous post, Transifex is a good tool and it is currently free of charge for us. We encourage the use of free softwares if they are suitable for our development, not because they are free.
If I understand you well, you are highlighting the practical advantages of libre software, which matches with the idea of “open source.” But while focusing on that, you miss a much greater advantage that it offers: freedom. Every user has the right to be free and retain power over their computer. It is good to have and care about practical advantages, but one should never forget about – and one should always first ensure – freedom for the users (and contributors). This is not about convenience; this is about ethics and computer user rights. This is a very important point that should never be overlooked, and should always be taken into consideration before anything else.
The Mana World is a freely licensed game; for both software and culture parts of it. I personally started playing and contributing because it's one of the few games that would respect my freedom, not because I felt impressed with the technical side of the game or its development. I think freedom is more important than and should come before practical advantage. I'm here because I love and support libre software, not open source.
Of course other people will have different feelings and motives for being here – I'm not trying to promote my personal motives. I am trying to make the point that freedom is important and we should hold it as a very basic and important value for the project; not merely as icing on the cake. You say that you encourage the usage of free software because it's suitable, not because it's free. Instead of that, please try encouraging the usage of free software because it's suitable and free.
WildX wrote:I am free to compromise my freedom.
It's alright when people are free to compromise their freedom. What's worse is when people are not free not to compromise their freedom.