[hackerspaces] was: need a hacker should be: how not to make a fool of ourselves and ride us deeper into the hacker/cracker stigma

Chris Weiss cweiss at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 15:11:50 CEST 2010

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 3:48 AM, Steve Clement <steve at localhost.lu> wrote:
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> On 08/27/2010 10:19 AM, Yves Quemener wrote:
>> Now she has probably understood that it was just a joke. So for her now
>> hackers are not only people who break into private networks but are also
>> bullies. Yep, great PR fail.

in general, I follow the sentiment, but in this specific case to get
to the mailing list you have to read at least some of the
hackerspaces.org website.  And if a reasonable person reads pretty
much any of the website they would not have posted "I need a hacker",
unless they are delusional and think it's just a false public front.
One hell of an elaborate false front, with addresses of where you can
find us and all!  This option is unreasonable to me.  This person is
unreasonable to me, or a troll.  You can't reason with a troll, you
can troll them back though.

So seriously, you think there is really any possibility that "I need a
hacker" wasn't a troll?  I find it impossible that a person would be
literate and smart enough to figure out how to join a mailing list and
yet not know that posing such a statement would induce ridicule.
Allowing myself to think this is possible would completely destroy
what little faith I have left in humanity's future.

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