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Re: Free Software and the New Sexism

From: Jacob Bachmeyer
Subject: Re: Free Software and the New Sexism
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2023 23:40:10 -0500
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Taylan Kammer wrote:
I genuinely care about sexism.  The commonly recognized kind, that targets 

The fundamental problem here is that all of the issues these CoC documents are supposed to address are entirely off-topic and inappropriate in a software development context. Sexism, racism, whatever-ism-of-the-day are all irrelevant because discussions are supposed to focus on the /software/ instead of on the /people/ writing the software. Yes, your patch proposing to add "sex" to Guix's CoC was wrong, but the CoC itself is wrong in the same way as your patch: none of those issues are relevant.

Put another way, on the Internet, to other users, you are not a person, you are a stream of messages. More idealistically, on the Internet, /you/ /are/ /your/ /ideas/.

Efforts to thwart that, efforts to carry real-world baggage into the Internet space, are, put simply, /wrong/, not that this seems to stop much of anyone anymore. We are now beginning to reap the consequences of this bad behavior.

-- Jacob

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