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Re: Free Software and the New Sexism

From: Taylan Kammer
Subject: Re: Free Software and the New Sexism
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2023 21:57:35 +0200
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On 27.08.2023 19:24, indieterminacy wrote:
> Pffft,
> The Guix ML discussion involved programmers explaining that they
> were downstream of a third party definition and that it was beyond
> their competence to wade into it further.
> They did engage you and you werent shut down or mistreated.
> From my perspective you could have ended the conversation having
> heard different viewpoints.  But you wouldnt let it lie.

You seem to have a very biased perception of what happened.

I've written explicitly in my last post during that discussion that I
wouldn't be engaging any further, because someone started using a slur
that I'm all too used to hearing right before people start verbally
abusing me.

The maintainers then made a point of removing me from the trusted
member list.  Clearly, this was meant as punishment, not deterrence,
since I already said I wouldn't be engaging further.

Which raises the question: punishment for what?  Given that I remained
polite throughout the whole ordeal, the only explanations I see are:

1. They wanted to appease people's hostility towards me, which I would
consider bullying / giving in to bullies.


2. They decided that the project would take a stance on the conflicts
between feminists and the transgender movement, banning people who
fall on the wrong side.

I'm not sure which it was, but both are equally foolish.


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