[Linux-aus] Special support for women

Michael Van Delft michael at hybr.id.au
Thu Oct 31 14:36:09 EST 2013

I’d just like to say a quick thank you to Jessica Smith for her well
referenced email (I haven’t finished reading them yet) about the
subtle unconscious biases and to Kevin Maciunas and for His suggestion
that “we need a show that has strong female coders in it.”

While there have been lots other good emails and clearly some strong
views I found those two emails particularly insightful and thought


p.s. For what it’s worth and without wanting to give the conversation
too much more air, I support the affirmative action and think the
people who are running such programs are doing great work.

On Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM, Hugh Blemings <hugh at blemings.org> wrote:
> David,
>>> It is the view of the majority of the LA Council that this thread
>>> doesn't meet a reasonableness test of being relevant to linux-aus
>>> aims or Free and Open Source Software.
>>> Accordingly we're moderating this thread and would ask all parties
>>> to refrain from re-engaging with the original post.
>> It pains me to need to state the obvious: it is not appropriate for
>> the LA Council, even less a mere subset, to suppress discussion on
>> what members feel that LA should or should not do.  Accordingly you
>> must not attempt to moderate this thread; and all parties should feel
>> at liberty to engage.
> Broadly speaking, I agree, generally it is _not_ the place of the LA
> Council to suppress a discussion on the liux-aus mailing list.
> However, it _is_ the place of the Council to ensure that the list
> remains a communications channel where all members can participate and
> not be confronted with postings that are so egregiously out of step with
> majority opinion and hurtful to a non-trivial number of list members.
> I further add that I have received more emails supporting the action
> taken than condemning it.  Indeed the only email "against" the action
> taken has been yours...
> Thus the Council and I stand by the decision taken.
> In closing you make a reference to "a mere subset" of the Council.  In
> the interests of a timely response, the decision was taken by a Quorum
> of Council members and subsequently agreed to unanimously.
> If you wish to discuss this further, I encourage you to take it up with
> the Council and I directly - ctte at linux.org.au
> Hugh
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