[hackerspaces] Sex Offenders at a 'Space

Randall Arnold randall.arnold at texrat.net
Wed Feb 18 16:01:04 CET 2015

The point's been made though: hackerspaces are not equipped to solve problems of
mental illness.  Who among the leadership is going to judge whether or not the
offender will repeat, and accept the liability?  How do you tell if he's "still
a creeper"?  Is the determining factor for "kicking his ass out" another
molestation, this time in your hackerspace?

Sorry for risking What If recursion.

Anyway, like Matt said, there are mistakes and then there are 'mistakes'.  One
has to draw a line somewhere, and I go with the thread consensus on this one.


> On February 18, 2015 at 1:48 AM Derek H <dh405okc at gmail.com> wrote:
>     I'm really happy for you and I. We're lucky, Matt. We aren't afflicted
> with a mental illness that causes inappropriate sexual attraction to those who
> are incapable of forming consent. That's fantastic for us, but I recognize
> that some are not as lucky as I in that matter. Perhaps, Matt, the only reason
> you haven't molested a child is because you're not mentally ill in that
> particular way? None of us can know for certain how we would behave if we were
> in someone else's shoes.
>     At any rate, my only point is that the guy may well have gotten his life
> together and his mental state under control. As we are all just collections of
> flaws in a roughly bipedal shape, maybe we can be human even to those who have
> screwed up?
>     That said, if he's still a creeper, kick his ass out. Nobody has time for
> that kind of disruption and risk.
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