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Has your judgment ever led you to conclude that something ought to be said and it's the appropriate thing to say, and then choosing not to say it anyway because you can't predict the response?

I do that a lot.

You could trivially interpret that as "exercising judgment", but it's not that. I am exercising caution and self-preservation.

It's akin to the onset of apathy.

I can definitely relate to that, and that's probably a good way to think about the difference.

However, that would categorize Stallman's gaffe here as bad judgment and not self-censorship. Seeing as what he said was definitely not appropriate to say in those circumstances.

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