We don’t mean to be a dick about it, but it’s a registered Trademark in most countries around the world and if you actually release an open source project called kik, our trademark lawyers are going to be banging on your door and taking down your accounts and stuff like that
A discussion about the breaking of the Internet
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Unbelievable that a company thinks it’s fine to use language like this. They don’t even try to sound professional or beat around the bush, this is unmistakably a threat.

Even more unbelievable that kik goes on to justify themselves to npm —

“Can you guys help. He doesn’t seem to be complying with your ‘be respectful’ terms. :-)”

Then kik hits it out of the park with —

“I don’t know why you think that makes us a dick.”

Their threat is totally reasonable to them. It’s almost like they don’t understand anything else.

npm also is complicit here by just immediately folding. They don’t suggest kik name their modules something else or rename Azer’s for him. They just straight up fork over control to kik. Azer was successfully put into a corner and obviously went for the last resort, the nuclear option. As a result we have the community putting npm under the microscope, the Node.js foundation taking notice and alternatives to npm taking root.

Before there were companies, there were developers. Don’t piss them off.

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