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Open Help is a conference about Free Software documentation. Today was the last day of formal sessions, and for the rest of the conference everyone will be doing a writing sprint.

I wasn't able to go to the reception on Friday, because I had to recuperate after a 24-hour bus ride and was nervous about being somewhere with a lot of noise and alcohol. I was nervous about going to the first day of sessions, too, but I had a lot of fun and learned a great deal. I especially enjoyed Janet Swisher's presentations about Kuma and Mozilla Popcorn, and Jean Weber's presentation about LibreOffice documentation. My mentor, Tiffany Antopolski, was extremely supportive, and also presented me with the GNOME Outreach Program yearbook that I didn't get because I wasn't at GUADEC.

I continued to participate through the first half of the second day of sessions. Midway through, some of us were talking about positive experiences we'd had in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women, and Florian Nadge from Red Hat expressed his opinion that the Outreach Program is a waste of time and that the money would be better spent on some unspecified programs to get girls in school into technology.

I already felt like an impostor on account of being trans, and because I feel like I haven't done nearly enough work for GNOME. Upon hearing his remarks I became extremely depressed, and went into autistic shutdown. I made it to the hotel and went to sleep, and felt better enough afterwards to try to go back out to a late-night documentation sprint but shutdown again soon afterwards.

I am feeling extremely unwell now, and will probably not be able to go out again for the rest of the conference. I will participate remotely from the hotel room, and will do my best to complete the GNOME JavaScript developer documentation.

I hope that everyone has a productive series of sprints. Many thanks to Red Hat, Mozilla, and the W3C for sponsoring the event, and to the GNOME Foundation for sponsoring my travel here and internship.

Date: 2012-08-13 10:24 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Aah, I'm sorry about the bad conditions and 24 hours on a bus. That's a real trial of endurance.

Also, it sounds like Nadge needs to listen to the people talking about the positive experiences.

I hope you feel better soon.

Edit: And good for you, participating remotely! It is really cool that that's an option.
Edited Date: 2012-08-13 10:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-14 12:20 am (UTC)
armaina: (taithal no u)
From: [personal profile] armaina
"Yeah while y'all are talking about the good it's done I'm gonna tell you you're all wrong and you're not doing it right."

If you have a wide discussion of the positive effects, THEN MAYBE IT ISN'T A WASTE OF TIME. Why do you go and do that, ruin something that is genuinely showing effects of positive change and just go 'naw, you're doing it wrong'. Hey maybe you could suggest adding to it, but maybe he doesn't like the idea of putting more money into it.

IDK the person but ugh, just why do you go and do that when it clearly is having a positive effect?

Date: 2012-08-14 03:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
I suppose speaking one's mind is typically easier, and additionally more psychologically rewarding than undertaking the processes of doubt and observation with regard to one's ideas. It's a quicker fix. The latter, however, can be programmed to be rewarding, and it is the more sound and more helpful course of action.

Date: 2012-08-14 03:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
Also, I just realized that the positive effects extended to myself as well. I've been educated in reading about the internship!

Date: 2012-08-21 05:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
I should investigate more opportunities like this... My work is so goshdarned isolating. Nobody at my job works together on anything.

Date: 2012-08-21 05:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
Remotely is 100% cool with me. I get the feeling that, even factoring in that aspect, there will be a greater sense of collaboration.

Date: 2012-08-21 05:46 am (UTC)
mesh_mask: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
o.o I'll have to take a closer look at the listings! I'll definitely get back to you about this very soon. I've got some work-project code to burn through at the present!

Date: 2012-08-21 05:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
Also, GUADEC looks neat, and reminds me yet again that I need to scratch my con itch at some point!

Date: 2012-08-14 03:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citrakayah
Hope you feel better soon.

Don't give up!

Date: 2012-08-14 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. " - Mahatma Gandhi

I'm really sorry for my colleague. Please don't give up with your GNOME Outreach Program for Women, it's awesome activity!

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