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    The creator expressed these concerns by way of a social request instead of a legal threat because part of living in society is being able to resolve disputes without going to court.

    Well, also because they almost certainly had no legal basis for the request, which they explicitly admitted in the very beginning. No lawyer is going to look at that and go, ‘You totally have a legal basis’ (granted, I am not a lawyer, but come on, common sense).

    If the legal rules were all that mattered here, the text of the license makes this entire dispute a non-issue. The creator offers the software as-is and disclaims any responsibility for it. Why would anyone come back to them if the software had a bug?

    Because GitHub and other modern source code hosting tools encourage it by having a default where all repositories have an ‘Issues’ feature where users can file issues. Yes, you can turn off the Issues tab, but defaults matter, and also you can’t turn off the Pull Requests tab, which people can still use to bug you if they’re persistent.