How should this “stand up” look like?
Reading more on this topic, I updated the links pro and contra RMS in my previous post and even read the offending email thread many arguments in this persona discussion rely on.
I still find the position of Stallman and the FSF, especially how his inauguration was decided and communicated (like in the best autocracies), insupportable. The FSF seems to be in a process to legitimate the past decisions and I hope it will reveal if the members of the FSF really want RMS back.
To my observation, Octave is a rather non-political project, neither especially welcoming or excluding anyone, with a helpful and supportive community of capable people I like to interact with. To put it simple: anyone who wants to work on it, works on it
I did not observe any discrimination and only very occasionally hate speech by impatient disappointed users. Furthermore, even without an explicit code of conduct or alike, I am convinced such incidents would not find any fertile ground among the Octave community.
If it turns out in the nearer future, that “GNU” stands more for intolerance and discrimination, than libre free and open-source software (which I do not see at this moment) Octave can decide what to do about its name and values. Regarding RMS, I think anyone “interested” in this political issue has already posted his statement here At least I do not expect much reaction here.