When Urbit posts an update and the news makes the rounds, the comments are always interesting.
On the one side you have people who are excited about what we’re working on, or just curious and asking questions. On the other side, you have people that mention how unnecessarily arcane the entire thing is, and that surely it’s all either a joke or grand political scheme. At least, that’s what the comments feel like sometimes. I try to always be open and friendly in clearing up misunderstandings, but there’s only so much I can do in the face of things that very closely resemble slander.
No, we’re not actually a cult. We joke about being one, but we have no intention of becoming something even remotely resembling Scientology. Yes, our terminology is weird, and yes, it provides a barrier of entry. But it’s not there to “hold people hostage” to our ecosystem, and we most certainly don’t take everything our CTO says as gospel.
We also don’t think you’re stupid for “not getting it”. I don’t know where you’ve been hanging out, but it’s certainly not our own cozy community. Accusing what is arguably one of the nicest places on the internet right now of being an exclusive club full of elitists brings me great pain. We want to listen to and debate your criticisms, the chat is always open!
Maybe I care too much about what people on the internet write. Maybe I care too much about this absurd project.