in light of recent events

It's NOT OK to use as a video conference "solution" for your anti-capitalist meetup (oh, the irony!) or group or whatever.

Or even a regular conference.

Those seemingly innocuous "tools" aren't really free.

It's not a neutral choice. It excludes critical people.

So please, PLEASE if you know an expert, DO ASK THEM FIRST before deciding based on what you think you know!

They might well be able to help out with something that's just as good but ethical.

@quincy
Some addendum:
If you have a problem to be solved and you ask an expert for a solution, describe the _problem_, not the tools to be used.
And listen to her answers.

@wuffel Precisely! Or if you already have a preconceived solution, at least be open to the expert's suggestions and especially the *reasons*. There's a good chance she really *does* know better, in this particular field, and even if you think it's a question of priorities maybe, just maybe, the critical expert really *is* the one best placed to assess these ... just like she'd listen to you in non-IT things maybe ...

@quincy
Yapp.
If your car doesnt do it right, you bring it to a repairshop and are told, some screw in the carbureter has to be replaced, you won't discuss this and argue sth. like "but cant we cleanup the mirrors instead?"
But if its about something digital, the most complex machinery we ever build, everyone seems to be expert.
.oO(Next holiday - not this planet again.)

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@wuffel absolutely πŸ˜† a very apt picture & description of what's going wrong.

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