[hackerspaces] Hackers, feminism, and bullying

Tim Saylor tim.saylor at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 19:25:28 CET 2013

Yep, agreed.  And if you're not willing to take the step of informing
people that their actions are unacceptable and they have to change or leave
(and thus deciding what actions are unacceptable), your space becomes a
clubhouse for assholes.

On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM, Matt Joyce <matt at nycresistor.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 9:47 AM, Tim Saylor <tim.saylor at gmail.com> wrote:
> > But you probably want a hackerspace not full of assholes.  If you don't
> deal
> > with the community aspect of your space and try to proactively solve
> drama
> > and interpersonal relations, the assholes will win and take over your
> space.
> > And then it dies, or at best stagnates and becomes a clubhouse.
> Some of the biggest assholes I have met in the hacker community are
> the people first in line to try and pro-actively 'solve' drama.  They
> are the gasoline of flame wars, thriving on drama wherever they may
> find it.  Being pro-active is by itself worthless.
> Personally, I feel that conflict resolution is only achievable when
> membership is capable of respecting each other, and feeling
> comfortable enough with each other to have an open dialogue in which
> both parties are willing to first forgive, then accept each others
> differences.
> If members cannot do that, they should not be members.  You cannot
> change people without them first wanting to change.
> -Matt
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