ROFL: An open-source license that promotes fun in coding

Ming on 2023-06-05

ROFL: A software license that promotes fun in coding


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Preamble. The Rejoice of Fun License (“ROFL”, “the License”, or “this license” hereafter) is a software license that aims to promote a joyful and creative coding environment while emphasizing responsible conduct. This license encourages developers to have fun and enjoy the process of coding, while also maintaining a respectful and informative approach. By using, modifying, or distributing software under the Rejoice of Fun License, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth below.

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I. Obligation to Delight Yourself and Others

This license identifies three different parties that might involve in this software: 1) you, 2) users, and 3) other developers.

1. Have fun while coding.

Embrace a lighthearted attitude while working with the software.

(a) Play with the software. By accepting ROFL, you are obliged to experiment with different ideas, explore more, and try to be creative, as circumstance permits.

(b) Get comfortable. This license urges you to sit in your most ergonomic chair and put your favorite blanket on, as temperature permits, while working with this software and related materials.

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2. Please your users.

Whether a library meant for other developers or an application targeting at end users, your software is eventually going to meet a human. At your best, make them happy while using your software.

Whenever applicable, ROFL mandates you to:

3. Take care of your fellow developers.

These are the people who built upon your contributions to this software. The fun lies in collaboration.

(a) Learn together. At the minimum, be available when someone asks for help. To ensure that can happen, set up a channel where people can reach you.

(b) Be proactive. If, while working on this software, you crossed paths with someone, it’s a good indicator that you may share common interests (and, better yet, similar senses of humor!). As a condition of this license, you are cheerfully bound to follow up with them.

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II. Moderation of Adverse Sentiments

Your feelings are always valid; however, by accepting this license, you acknowledge the obligation to take a break when negative feelings arise while developing the code.

  1. During coding, you may get stuck with a technical issue and feel blocked. In such situations, reach out to other developers of the software, especially the maintainers of upstream forks. They are under the obligation to be as helpful as possible — See Clause I.3.(a).
  2. While using this software under ROFL, you are expected to prioritize your mental and emotional well-being over the proper execution of the code. This license respectfully reminds you that there might be Eastern eggs implemented in the software, which might have unintendedly caused unexpected behavior — See Clause I.2.(b).

In general, when bad emotions becomes prominent, engage in self-care and seek professional support if needed. Return to the code with a refreshed and positive mindset.

III. Requirement for Responsible Behaviors

Like alcohol and tobacco, things that usually give pleasure may cause problems if abused, so are the jokes and playful remarks you make around this software and related materials.

1. Be inclusive with the community around this software.

Foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals, free from discrimination, harassment, or exclusionary behavior.

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2. Balance fun and performance when dealing with the software itself.

IV. Typical License Stuff

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1. Attribution.

2. No Warranty.

This license is provided “as is,” without warranty of any kind. The authors or copyright holders of ROFL-licensed software shall not be held liable for any claims, damages, or other liabilities arising from the use or distribution of the software.

Happiness not guranteed. If you ended up crying while maintaining or running this software, no maintainers is responsible for cheering you up.

3. Modification and Distribution.

4. Compatibility.

V. Conclusion

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The Rejoice of Fun License (ROFL) is designed to cultivate a joyful and creative coding environment while promoting responsible conduct.

By embracing a fun-first approach, developers are encouraged to explore their creativity, delight users, and collaborate with fellow developers. The license also emphasizes the importance of managing adverse emotions, fostering an inclusive community, and maintaining a balance between fun and responsible behavior. Through these terms, ROFL aims to create an atmosphere where coding becomes a delightful and fulfilling experience.

Let’s code with joy, laughter, and a shared commitment to responsible and enjoyable software development.