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And neither does getting upset at people for not reading your mind, and knowing you "didn't mean to offend them" by saying something incredibly mean.

Case in point: World of GNOME's recent review of Fedora 18, which earlier today included a paragraphs-long joke (right after the winking smiley) about how it can be a good or bad thing that Fedora's more stable now depending on if "you" have a "hot" or "ugly" girlfriend, because a more stable distro = fewer visits to do "tech support."

A lot of people left annoyed comments on that version of the post, unsurprisingly including Fedora (and Red Hat)'s resident UX expert Máirín Duffy. It's unsurprising because when you put a lot of time and effort into a Free Software project you love, you really don't want to hear "jokes" which suggest that you suck at it; that you're only here with your boyfriend; and that you're only worth anything if you're "hot."

The post, as originally written, created a sickening grunch which reminded WoGue's female readers that we are women first and geeks second, if at all. Which made many of us feel like the blog's only written for guys, even if they interview women (including my awesome mentor from the 2012 OPW), and that we will always be out of place there.

WoGue has removed and apologized for the offensive material. Author Alex Diavatis deserves (and has received, in the comments) credit for doing so. This post isn't meant to shame him. It's meant to let people who may have read the original article know what's happened since it was posted, and to draw attention to a comment made by Bess Sadler:
I am baffled at how someone who programs computers can make the argument, "I know I said x, but I MEANT y, doesn't that count?" No, in natural language, like in computer code, it is what you ACTUALLY SAY that matters. Regardless of your intent, you have written something that is damaging to women. When you write software that has a bug in it, and someone helpfully points that out, you probably don't respond defensively and claim that because your intentions were good the bug doesn't need fixing. Please extend that logic to your non-code writing as well.
Bess left this comment for Alex because his first reaction was the same one a lot of people have when they're called out for doing something hurtful: Saying "but I'm not a bad person!" as though that undoes the hurt they just did.

This is not the correct response to a syntax error.

The correct response is to take bug reports seriously, patch the bugs when they come up, and apologize for your mistake. Because whether or not you personally think you're a "good person," or a "good programmer," or even "totally not sexist," ceases to matter if the code doesn't compile.

All you can do is fix it.

Date: 2013-01-16 03:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mfb
Enter stage right legions of brogrammers throwing their arms up in exasperation because they "can't write for 7 billion different compilers", completely missing that the vast majority of them work the same way (most people don't appreciate being marginalized, even if they have error handling for it).

Date: 2013-01-17 04:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burning_ground
This is the first time I've heard the word "brogrammer". What a great word for describing what I am not looking forward to dealing with in the future! D:

Date: 2013-01-16 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redsixwing
OHNOES but I was writing for BroCompiler v.2, obvs. the problem is your environment, it compiles fiiiiine when you just assume everyone's a brogrammer. /growl

I love that quote.

Date: 2013-01-17 05:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burning_ground
Thank you for speaking out against this. I simply don't keep up with the social environment that surrounds open source development, and that's a testament to my isolation. Eventually I'll have to contend with this crap on my own. I'm already working on a game plan.

Date: 2013-01-23 06:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burning_ground
Hah, this just reminded me... Going to look into that again. o.O

Date: 2013-01-23 06:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burning_ground
Ah! I was completely unaware that there was a winter round.

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