Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Mar 2013 20:17 UTC
In the News "An incident at the annual Python developer conference has led to allegations of sexism, death threats, the firings of two people, and - apparently - multiple DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks." Absolutely bizarre.
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RE: Both sides
by ricegf on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 11:06 UTC in reply to "Both sides"
ricegf
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I've attended PyCon every year since 2006 - it's my favourite all-time conference. Ironically, this was the first year I've missed since (budget cuts or fate, whatever).

The sad thing to me is that the Python Foundation has invested such exceptional effort to build a welcoming community for women. The conference committee actively seeks female presenters at all levels (and I've attended some excellent talks as a result). They implemented and publicized a code of conduct many PyCons ago, and have addressed the few issues I'm aware that have come up (including this one) with professionalism. They sponsor PyLadies ("women who love coding in Python"), even hosting a fund-raising event this year to expand their activities.

And all of this without ever once making me feel less welcome as a man.

These are fine people who bring credit to the world of software engineering. I'm so sad that this happened. How simple would it have been to say, "That joke is offensive, please stop"?

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