Happy Tuesday, my lovely Masto.ARTists!

Today I have the task of informing you all on some moderation policies we're going to be following in a much stricter sense from now on.

As we know, a very popular Free Open Source art software called the Gnu Image Manipulation Program exists, and its very popular acronym is also an ableist slur.

From now on, we're going to require that when referring to the program, folks use the full name, or the term "Gnu IMP/GnuIMP" instead of the popular acronym.

The Gnu IMP has been around for a very long time, and has long served as a very capable alternative to paid software for many artists and creatives.

However, none of that history excuses the use of an ableist slur as the popular acronym for the program. Our CoC disallows ableist slurs. Even if the slur is used to refer to the program, it doesn't change how damaging that slur has been to people in other contexts.

We have decided from now on to enforce our CoC and disallow the term on .ART.

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We understand this may be a difficult change for some folks, but we believe it will result in a safer and more supportive community for as many people as possible.

So from now on, please use either the full name: "Gnu Image Manipulation Program", the shortened form: "Gnu IMP", or at the very least, apply a descriptive Content Warning (CW) to any toots/images that contain the original acronym/slur.

Using the slur in any other context is still not permitted on our instance.

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In addition to :gnu_imp: Gnu IMP, there are many other alternative free open source art software out there:

:glimpse: @glimpse (Gnu IMP fork)
:krita: @Krita
:inkscape: @inkscape
:blender: @Blender

If you have any others to recommend, please let us know in the replies! :bob_ross:

Thank you once more for your understanding. Keep being awesome, .ARTists! :make_like_edmonia:

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@Curator Can't say I'm a fan of this one. I can get the rules against using the word against people, but I'm sceptical of censoring words or censorship in general (with some exceptions).

I thought, up until right now, that the "ableist slur" referenced above, was a form of kink, vis a vis Pulp Fiction. I looked it up, and I was not completely correct, but is there or is there not a BDSM/kink/fetish thingy that isn't a slur? @Curator

@abbaxi I'm not knowledegable about the kink community and their usage of this term. There is indeed a kink/BDSM related to the word, but that doesn't absolve it of it's ableist and abusive history.

On .ART kink art is required to be hidden under a descriptive content warning/marked sensitive, and posted unlisted if it requires it. This would apply to any kink art that utilizes the slur, though we'd prefer it if people used a different term out of respect for folks affected by it.

@Curator thanks for the follow up. I did some research, and based on your post, am excited to consider building on the work of GLIMPSE, which forked the Gnu I.M.P. project, just to make the name more palatable. The BSD family of operating systems can and do run this code, and their mascot is very "imp" friendly, (a stylized Daemon). I learned something, and got inspired to make the codebase more self-referential and less ableist. Thanks for posting.

@Curator Y'know, I often wondered how they came up with that acronym. I always did think it was a little bit "yeeeeshhh..."

Ableist Slur 

@flugennock From Wikipedia:

"The acronym was coined first, with the letter G being added to "IMP" as a reference to "the gimp" in a scene in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.[6]" (

Ableist Slur 

@Curator @flugennock gimp's asleep.

it also is just a nasty reference to kidnapping, rape, rednecks, murder.

its the kind of edgy choice that'd be funny in techbro circles in 1994. it does not wear well in 2020

Ableist Slur 

@bamfic @Curator My wife has lived with RA in both knees and one elbow since she was a girl, and obviously, she's never been crazy about that term.

re: Ableist Slur 

@flugennock @Curator Agreed, it's long past time to retire it.

@Curator Are you going to block instances that don't adhere to this?

@Photorat We won't be silencing or suspending instances/users that use the term to refer to the software, no. For now, we will only require this on our own instance.

Any other uses of the term will be decided in context, and depending on why and how the term was used, may result in a silence or suspension.

@Curator Why don't they just rename the program entirely? It's not a good name.

@Down10 I'm not an expert, but I do believe this has been suggested and seriously pursued many times over the years, but the developers steadfastly refuse to change the name.

:glimpse: @glimpse is an attempt to change that. :bob_ross:

@Curator Fairly typical. 'Informal North American' whimsy trying to dictate how everyone around the world uses language.

@Curator I've always hated that name, I can't believe I never thought to call it Gnu IMP before now

@hyperlinkyourheart @Curator It also implies that it should be represented by a tiny but mischevious gnu, which would be adorable.

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