The Day After: Thoughtful, angry, and hopeful posts about Mozilla

The order they’re listed isn’t relevant. The posts are nuanced; I’ve just captured a small part. I encourage you to read them all and will keep adding throughout the day. And you can find more on Planet Mozilla.

“We fully support Mozilla, their mission, and trying to build back up the bridges that got torn down. We know many people are going to be upset by Eich stepping down, and some of them might send out a lot of hate. This has been a traumatic time for us, and we hope to never have to post anything about this again. We are software developers and we’d much rather spend our time building great software and helping people than being involved in a horrible mess like this.” – Hampton Catlin

“Our biggest problem is that the world does not know the story of Mozilla. Especially as a progressive at Mozilla, it was hard to watch as people who should know better pulled out the Chick-Fil-A playbook.” – Ben Moskowitz

“One of the parts that is hard about this situation for Mozilla is that we don’t know where to draw the line now. People are worried that this is now a slippery slope, or that anyone could be pushed out because of outside views. I think as a community we need to accept the truth that Brendan wasn’t a viable CEO and figure out where this leaves the lines.” – Kensie

“I’m a supporter of traditional marriage, and I work for Mozilla. … Many people who agree with me on this issue are very upset about what happened to Brendan Eich, our co-founder and, for two weeks, CEO of the Mozilla Corporation. … I am assured by sources I trust that Brendan decided to leave of his own accord – he was not forced out. My understanding is that the senior management of Mozilla (many of whom disagree with him on this issue) worked very hard to support him, even if I would not agree with all the actions they took in doing so. However, he eventually felt that it was impossible for him to focus on leading if he was spending all of his time dealing with the continued, relentless news and social media storm surrounding the donation he made. In other words, he wasn’t forced out from the inside – he was dragged out from the outside.” – Gervase Markham

“Brendan’s choice of what propositions and political parties to support do not match my personal choices and I’m sad when any restrictions affect only one group of people. But at the same time, in a democracy, people must be able to support and express their values. And hopefully, in the best of worlds, that leads to a good discussion and greater understanding.” – Robert Nyman

“Instead of addressing the issues at hand, he very clearly dodged them. I’m really not sure why and I’m at a loss to even speculate. Every one of my friends said that while they didn’t agree with his position, if he just apologized it could have been the end of it.” – TofuMatt

“On one hand, I disagree with Brendan’s personal views and think that his choice to step down is going to be ultimately good for us. … On the other hand, Brendan has always been a strong, (seemingly) just technical leader at Mozilla and I can’t help but feel that he was railroaded out, which isn’t right and also goes against what Mozilla stands for, in my eyes.” – Lizzilla

“Supporting Prop 8 is beyond the pale. But I don’t fully agree with the tactics that some of my friends have used in order to make that point. IMHO, rather than spending our energy attacking Brendan Eich and Firefox (which affected the entire Mozilla community) we should have devoted ourselves to supporting our friends within the Mozilla community as they grappled (many of them publicly) with the biggest crisis they’d ever encountered.” – Josh Levy

“Even as Brendan announced his departure, he provided next steps to advancing the mission by reaffirming Mozilla’s focus on users. The direction he provided could put the non-profit Mozilla as a users union leader to push back the bullying aspects of the Internet that prey on individuals (think of privacy policies or terms of services) and instead flip that around to be pro-user.” – edilee

“Wanted: New CEO for Mozilla. Qualifications: No history of being wrong, ever.” – Brandon Savage

“If we have to learn anything from the past 10 days, it is that we can only survive as a community if we interpret this mission only in its most narrow scope, where can and should find common ground. Attempting to read the Manifesto in the widest possible manner and presuming to find that all of our fellow Mozillians have done so in the same way is the road to failure as a group and a community. Our cultural differences are immense and things which we find self-evident can be unimaginable to other. We should group among the narrow set of goals that unites us, not among what divides us.” – Garf

What has Brendan done? Many things intrinsic to the open web; he helped shape technologies used by countless numbers of users, including to write and read this very post. Also, a hurtful and divisive thing based on a conviction now at odds with the law of the land, and at odds with my own conviction…” – aruner

“[Eich] did not understand that in order to be a CEO of a company, you have to renounce your heresy! There is only one permissible opinion at Mozilla, and all dissidents must be purged! Yep, that’s left-liberal tolerance in a nut-shell.” – Andrew Sullivan

“As a volunteer moderating the Facebook page, it was evident that we had many users complaining and very little supporters. Now that Brendan has resigned, everybody has all of a sudden come out from a shadow. Unexpectedly to say at the least, is that we’ve got users telling us that we were no longer protecting Freedom of speech and that rights are taken away. Where have these people been hiding?” – Andrew Truong

“It takes courage to face adversity in society, and that’s not a virtue I possess much of. Though I’ve come to value difference. Though at the same time, its important not to see valuing difference vs. valuing similarity as a dichotomy where you have to choose only one. We’re all similar in so many ways and sometimes, the difference is small.” – Chris Crews

“…what happened during the last days seems to be a negation of democracy. One should be able to express legal opinions without having to face a witch-hunt-like repression.” – Daniel Glazman

“Brendan Eich is one of the most inspiring humans that I have ever met. He is a true hero for many of us. He invented a programming language that is the heart and soul of the most open communications system the world has ever known… It’s important to remember that all heroes are also human. They struggle. And they often have flaws. Brendan’s biggest flaw, IMHO, was his inability to connect and empathize with people.” – Mark Surman

“If you tried, I don’t think you could engineer a situation that could throw the Mozilla community so thoroughly off-center. A lot of folks at Mozilla work here because we want to do what’s right. Doing the right thing can be hard, but overall we’re comfortable with taking on hardship to do the right thing.” – Dave Camp

“Follow the Mozilla mission on your own terms, because you know it’s the right thing to do. Do the right thing because it is the right thing.” – Ben Adida

“When the outrage was how a person with a different belief and – to me – very doubtful political action got made CEO people ganged up on Mozilla, my colleagues and friends and me how that could happen and how we can allow that. This was unfair.” – Christian Heilmann

“When suddenly the life my wife and I have built together seemed under any kind of threat, the monument of our public commitment to each other was the main thing to hold on to. Very often, critics of the notion of same-sex marriage seem to feel it can be reduced to something empty, as though symbolism carries no weight.  As though legal constructs around civil partnerships, common law marriages, tax codes, inheritance rights and so forth suffice.  All of that misses what’s important.” – Patrick Finch

“Because bringing diverse people with opposing views together, and asking them to fight for just what they agree on while looking past what they don’t, is how movements are built, and how they succeed. Period. Not how some of them succeed, it’s how all of them succeed.” – Ryan Merkley

“Soon, we were in the midst of a crisis, with the voices of reason so overwhelmed by outright nonsense that they couldn’t be heard. Several of us tried. We failed. Brendan, overwhelmed by the waves of negative press and outright hate mail he was getting, gave up and resigned. The mob won, and Mozilla lost its founding father.” – Sheppy

“One of the things that is most painful to me about this is the sheer volume of misinformation out there. We all know that people are wrong on the internet all the time. It is probably hopeless to fight that, but for the record, these are the facts as I understand them, along with my interpretation of those facts.” – David Flanagan


  1. To me it seems that the core values of Mozilla are no longer fighting for the open web, but are traded in for totally different values (

    By doing this Mozilla is betraying a large number of users which share Mozilla’s mission to fight for an open web and progress in web technology, but do not share the fight homosexuals are fighting.

    Unless Mozilla returns to its roots and *only* fight for an open web, I’m afraid that the organisation will not be able to full fill the mission to ensure that the web will be open, not only on the desktop, but also on mobile devices.

    I hope that Mozilla will be (or become) a place where everybody is welcome and not only those who share the opinion of the most vocal group. The way LGBT have acted seems like a witch hunt, so welcome to the dark ages again…

  2. Plain at simple, Mozilla is lead by the LGBT community, everybody who doesn’t belong the “community” and doesn’t agree with the Party is a enemy of Mozilla. I suggest Mozilla to establish a thought police to keep an eye over employees, check their past, what they do in their private life, who they speak to and so on. MoMS, Ministry of Mozilla Security.

    Meanwhile as user I am happy to see what kind of people leads Mozilla. It is like when you are a kid and you understand Santa Klaus is actually your dad. Now ask me a donation. Ah ah.

  3. replace gay with any other marginalized minority in america and see the outrage. there is no excuse for homophobic hate. young gay men and women commit suicide because of this kind of hate. gay men and women get bashed, even shot, like in nyc, even beaten to death, like in colorado, because hate like this makes it alright. shame on anyone who defends this jerk.

    1. I dont think you realize that there are different degrees to the people who dont support gay marriage. Your simplistic view sees all thsoe against to be homophobic and equal to violent acts.
      The acts of violence are unacceptable whether they are done to gays or not.
      While I am sure this violent country has its share of asshats, not all of the MAJORITY of voters who voted for Prop.8 support the position you give them.
      Many of them have no problem with the legal, judicial (spousal rights and benefits) benefits that married couples always benefited but rather with the definition of it all. That may offend you but hey, thats life, get used to being offended everything people dont think like you. Feel free to tell devout muslims that theyre jerks for their beliefs, I dare you.

      Then again, you seem to be a self convinced navel gazing narcissist who thinks taht the world revolves around who you f**k. It doesnt. I could care less what you do in your bedroom just like I dont care what Guido the mechanic does ‘with the babes’. To 9 out of 10 americans, your sexual preference is of no interest because to them their sexual identity doesnt define who they are as a person.

      But Ive wasted enough time on some mouthbreather who cant do anything but shriek cacapoopoo like a hysterical cow.
      Debating with you or a plant would be the same thing..

  4. I can’t say I agree with every action that the Twitter response has taken, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that for many people, especially people who care about open web and who are generally forward-thinking, gay rights are beginning to occupy a mental category similar to women’s voting rights and the right to interracial marriage. Brendan Eich has been instrumental in the development of open web culture, but it takes more than technical skill and business sense to be a CEO – you are also the face of a company. A person who seeks to actively suppress another group’s rights with their finances might not be the best face for a company that is supposed to be protecting individuals.

  5. It wasn’t right to peek at Bork’s video subscriptions, and it wasn’t right to enact revenge against Proposition 8 supporters.

    This fiasco has strengthened my resolve to support privacy rights, helped me turn AWAY from campaign disclosure laws, and distanced me just a bit further from self-claimed progressives.

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