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  4. <title>I love Free Software Day 2016</title>
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  6. <body>
  7. <h1>I love Free Software Day 2016</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">It's time to say "thank you" on 14th of February,
  9. the "<a href="http://ilovefs.org">I love Free Software</a>" Day 2016.
  10. The Free Software Foundation Europe asks all Free Software users to use
  11. the traditional day of love to think of the hardworking people
  12. contributing to the Free Software we all depend on. <a
  13. href="/news/2015/news-20150303-01.html">As every year</a> there are
  14. many ways for people to participate in this online campaign which has
  15. first been celebrated five years ago.</p>
  16. <p>In the Free Software society we exchange a lot of criticism. We write bug
  17. reports, tell others how they can improve the software, ask them for new
  18. features, and generally are not shy about criticising others. There is nothing
  19. wrong about that. It helps us to constantly improve. But sometimes we forget to
  20. show the hardworking people behind the software our appreciation. We should not
  21. underestimate the power of a simple "thank you" to motivate Free Software
  22. contributors in their important work for society. The 14th of February (a
  23. Sunday this year) is the ideal day to do that.</p>
  24. <h2>Show your love for Free Software</h2>
  25. <p>Free Software drives a huge number of devices in our everyday life. It ensures
  26. our freedom, our security, civil rights, and privacy. It enables everyone to
  27. participate in a fair society. But as with people, everybody has different
  28. reasons to love Free Software. Let's show this variety to the world!</p>
  29. <p>As the traditional day to show one's appreciation to people, Valentine's Day
  30. is the perfect opportunity to say <strong>thank you</strong> to the
  31. contributors of the various Free Software you love: developers, translators,
  32. designers, testers, or documentation writers, of huge softwares or smaller
  33. projects. All of them work on the Free Software ecosystem which we can enjoy
  34. every day.</p>
  35. <h2>Be part of #ilovefs</h2>
  36. <p>It doesn't matter who and where you are and what you do – everyone can
  37. participate at the "I love Free Software" day in many different ways:</p>
  38. <ul>
  39. <li><strong>Pictures</strong>: Send some cool videos or pictures of yourself or your friends, a meme
  40. image, or something completely different – the main thing is creativity! And
  41. with each video and image you automatically participate in our
  42. <strong>#ilovefs competition</strong> (visit our website for more information). See the <a
  43. href="/campaigns/ilovefs/whylovefs/gallery.html">pictures of last
  44. years</a> for some inspiration.</li>
  45. <li><strong>Postcards</strong>: Thank your favourite contributors for their work in an individual way.
  46. For example by sending one of <a
  47. href="/contribute/spreadtheword.html#ilovefs-postcard">our
  48. postcards</a>.</li>
  49. <li><strong>Spread the word</strong>: Show your appreciation publicly using social networks or your blog to
  50. demonstrate the world how many people love Free Software – and thereby
  51. motivate others to do the same. Just use the hashtag
  52. <strong>#ilovefs</strong> on <a href="http://gnu.io/">GnuSocial</a>, <a
  53. href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ilovefs">Twitter</a>, or other
  54. platforms.</li>
  55. <li><strong>Do it yourself</strong>: You didn't find what you were looking for? No problem, just do something
  56. else! Create small chocolate bars, design new promotion material... Find out
  57. how to make #ilovefs more unique <a
  58. href="https://wiki.fsfe.org/ILoveFS-2016">with your contribution</a>.</li>
  59. </ul>
  60. <p>If everybody contributes a small part we can enjoy a beautiful "I love Free
  61. Software" day together. Let's share videos and pictures, send postcards, tweets and blog
  62. posts, and show our love individually. Happy I love Free Software day
  63. everyone!</p>
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