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.
— Adria Richards (@adriarichards) March 17, 2013
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.