This is my (in)activity log. You might like to visit my employer
SUSE which is an amazing company, and also
Dell who in days of yore provided me with a
free laptop for Gnome development / conferences.
Also if you have the time to read this sort of stuff you could enlighten
yourself by going to Unraveling Wittgenstein's net or if
you are feeling objectionable perhaps here.
Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
Analytics work, mail chew, clawed back through some of the
queued up patches in the inbox. Built ESC bug stats etc. Lunch.
On the subject of offense; thankfully it seems Jewelfox got
less concerned; and Jono posted a longer but useful post
pointing out that causing offense is not per-se harrasment. I rather
agree. I've mortally offended a much loved survivor friend simply
by offering my opinion ('basically a bit liberal') on a Christian
music festival - and (apparently) ruined her week. It appears impossible
to simultaneously avoid everyone's PTSD triggers: simply
being male and being behind someone can be enough to make some feel
unsafe, nevermind having a loud voice. Some people have such tragic
experiences that you can only thankfully marvel that they did survive.
Having said that, some form of proportionate harm minimisation has to
be good, even if it is impossible to please everyone.
Re-reading the policy, I think an immediate, helpful band-aid might be the
insertion of a 'can' (of worms?): Harassment can include offensive
verbal comments... making it more of a useful guideline than a hard rule.
I'd also love to see verbal comments that people find offensive de-coupled from
their juxtaposition with stalking and worse. Thinking around this I've learned
a lot - particularly reading the meta-derailing
literature. Invoking derailing sometimes seems to me to have a rather malign
side-effect of simultaneously asserting victimhood, expert status, and thus
exclusive competence: an argument by authority. No doubt some people are just
thoughtless trolls, but many are not and get confused by a siege mentality,
no matter how justified. I also discovered that my profound moral dismay
at the act of prostitution
- take for example it's effect on the intimacy, exclusivity and mutual self-giving
of marriage - has a new name: "Whorephobia", an amusing label indeed:
how did we end up here ?
Prodded the Android build some more, I should try the Intel
target overnight I think. Dinner with Lydia, worked late.
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