[Pharo-users] Code of Conduct

Ramon Leon ramon.leon at allresnet.com
Mon Sep 16 14:58:17 EDT 2019

On 2019-09-11 1:07 p.m., Sean P. DeNigris wrote:
> Based on the reaction earlier in the thread, I was expecting something
> highly opinionated and polarizing, but it seems to boil down to: be
> professional and don't make it personal. While there are some categories of
> people mentioned, it doesn't seem to make a value judgement about them, but
> merely say that no one (including from those categories) will be harassed
> inside the Pharo community. Seems pretty reasonable, unless I'm missing
> something...

You're missing what some progressives consider harassment these days.  These codes of conduct are being used around the net to force progressive political ideology into technical communities, the vague language is used to claim offense at any number of things like misgendering, or refusing to use any number of made up pronouns. Using inclusive language means using progressive language like ze/zir, per/pers, ey/em, xe/xem if someone demands it.  This is language policing and a forcing of political ideology into what should not be political.  People are being kicked out of communities for violating codes of conduct of the community outside of the community, i.e. you said something on twitter or facebook and now you're banned from an open source project for it even though it had nothing to do with the project.

The person who created this particular code of conduct is a well known trans activist who first gets communities to accept the code of conduct, and then stalks people around web to find anything anywhere that might violate the vague code of conduct and then tries to cancel them in every community they're a part of. If you're not wary of this code of conduct, you're not paying attention to how it's being used out there.

Here's a few quotes from the author of this code of conduct.

"The Ruby community has no moral compass. Just aphorisms and self-congtatulatory, masturbatory bullshit."  << after trying and failing to kick the creator of Ruby out of the Ruby community.

"If you're not fighting alongside us, or lending support, you're STANDING IN OUR WAY. And I vow that I will walk right the fuck over you.".

"Fact: the solution to the problems in tech is not more tech. Especially not more tech written by privileged, heads-in-the-sand white dudes."

"So many cis het white tech dudes with large platforms on here, that not only don't engage in dialog on issues of social justice but don't even elevate the voices of those of us who do, ignoring POLITICS is a PRIVILEGE and I FUCKING SEE YOU."

Here's a little history of this code of conduct and some other popular communities.


It's sad to see that Pharo has jumped onto this PC bandwagon, it does not bode well for the community.

Ramón León

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