DON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN!
Because we could all use something good to balance out the evil today: Redditor’s daughter is giving away free rainbows.
And when attempting to escape the theme from the great escape is perfectly fine.
The Imperial March from star wars makes doing things seem more imposing.
I should try it next time I browse /b/
In all truth I think that Richards acted in a completely wrong manner here.
The way I would sum it up would be “she did the right thing but in the wrong way”
First I have to set the scene (even though practically everyone who follows the tag will be aware already)
Adria Richards was attending a keynote at pycon, she overhears to bloke behind here making comments of the nature of “I’d fork his repo” and “dongles” in the manner of fairly lame sex jokes. She gets offended and starts the chain of events.
What does she do?
She takes a photo, tweets it to her ~10,000 followers and using twitter (a very public platform for communication) to get in contact with the conference organisers to rectify the situation. The immediate results are the two fellas are taken aside, told that they were in the wrong, the two apologise and all is well.
Richards then blogs about the ordeal stating that this sort of behaviour is wrong at any conference.
Then one of the guys involved loses his job.
And then the internet collectively loses their shit.
Adria get sent threats over the web, her employers website suffers a ddos attack and the whole thing ends with Adria being fired as her employer states that her actions had divided the community she was hired to unite.
Now I seriously do not condone the harassment that she has suffered because of this, It is truly vile to do so and does nobody any good.
And bringing such behaviour to task is necessary in order to create a less hostile environment for women in any profession, which in tech fields is sorely needed.
So why my statement of doing it in the wrong way.
I stress that they ask for the complaint “in writing” and all complaints are treated “confidentially”. To me twitter only covers the “in writing” part and the use of a photograph to shame the two guys does not.
By naming and shaming the two individuals who caused her offence she gives her audience a target. By using twitter she plasters her offence for everyone to see and then triumphantly blogging about it she cements her position even further.
Instead of keeping it private and coming to an accord which benefits everyone she spread it around the web and acted completely unlike the professional she claims (claimed?) to be and causing a rift in the community she was supposed to unite.
If she simply just turned around and told the two guys that their joke were right off the mark would have been a more appropriate way of handling the situation, even dropping a text or email to the event staff would have been better, all of this could have been avoided and two people would probably still be in work.
This is why I think “she did the right thing but in the wrong way”.
Comments are welcome and any notes on my style especially so (I think this whole post is a bit of a clusterfrack tbh)