Forking a Repo to my Dongle

So some character was offended by two guys at a tech conference, and instead of telling them that their ‘offensive penis jokes’ are offensive penis jokes, she went on the interweb and ruined their names and probably rest of careers. The Verge has covered the story, which is what I first read before I went digging around to get more info on what happened.

The story is covered everywhere, and my side of it is that this character should have rather approached the guys. the TL;DR version of it is that this Andria Richards character felt offended by two guys who were talking about forking a repo (which means: making a copy of someone’s project in order to use/contribute to) and references to a “big dongle” (you know, USB dongle, Bluetooth dongle … ). She then tweeted about it, and got the guys kicked out of the conference. Later both guys were fired.

 this Adria (had spelt her as Andria, apologies) Richards character felt offended by two guys who were talking about forking a repo

It’s a sad thing because she’s prolly taken back the whole “women in programming” bit backwards, as is evident from some of the hate mail spreading around the net and IRC. The anonymously infamous Anonymous even took a stand against SendGrid, Andria’s employer, who later fired her citing the DDoS as a reason.

I find some sense of humour cos the interwebs bring justice, even when you decide to use your power and ruin guys’ lives over something that could have been handled in a more civil manner.

  • Voice of reason

    Load of crap. You clearly are a white mail who has never deal with bigotry in your life. Someday you will and then you will realize how dumb you comments are.

  • Voice of reason

    This is a load of crap. You are clearly are a white male who has never dealt with bigotry in your life. Someday you will experience it yourself and then you will realize how dumb these comments are.

    • Nevi_me

      Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

      I’m a male yes, not white, I’m black. Where I come from we’re “economically free”, have one of “the best constitutions in the world” (South Africa) but the grass’ not always so green. I’ve dealt with bigotry to an extent, sometimes from these “white male[s]” you assume I am.

      I come to my blog to vent once in a while, and yes I acknowledge that this vent of mine is one-sided, it’s your opinion that this is a load of crap, and I respect that.
      I still say that what Adria did was unnecessary, somewhat stupid, and sadly led to herself and the two guys losing their jobs.
      “Big dongle”, I can see that as being related to a penis, but “forking a repo” (especially in the context that the guys claim to have said it), cummon. Forking a repo is actually a sign of admiration for someone’s work. In our programming world, we fork repos in order to reuse the code we’re forking, or to improve/contribute to it.

      Just because it sounds obscene to an unaware person doesn’t mean that it’s a sexual joke. Notice that I didn’t say “sexist” as that’s an entirely different story 🙂

    • Nevi_me

      Oh, and go read this for some background on Adria, and her previous explosions. She’s used to just going public without thinking:

      https://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/

  • dongle forker

    Hey dude, guess what. Forking big dongles. pfthaha