[Linux-aus] Ted Tso banned from lca?

Linux Australia President president at linux.org.au
Sun Sep 30 14:39:43 AEST 2018

LA Council is not aware of any ban, nor can we find evidence of any ban
previously being in place.

Kind regards,


On 30/09/18 14:28, Russell Coker via linux-aus wrote:
> On Sunday, 30 September 2018 1:53:14 PM AEST Simon Lyall via linux-aus wrote:
>> On Sun, 30 Sep 2018, Russell Coker via linux-aus wrote:
>>>> [0] Or is there an unofficial ban where eg a sufficient subset of papers
>>>>     committee members just ensure his papers never get selected, or
>>>>     something similar?
>>> Not accepting an offer of a lecture is not the same as banning someone. 
>>> You can have fun at LCA without speaking.  You can have fun at LCA while
>>> only speaking at mini-confs or BoFs.
>> Seriously Russell? If there is a policy that no talk proposals from Ted
>> will be accepted then he is effectively "banned from speaking" at the
>> conference. That is what the original question is asking.
> There is no evidence for any such policy.  There is merely an observation that 
> he has not given a lecture.  Sometimes people who have given good lectures in 
> the past get declined because their recent offerings don't seem so 
> interesting.  There's lots of reasons for not accepting an offer of a lecture, 
> especially with a conference like LCA that is not short of offers.
> Here is a reminder of what I was responding to:
> On Sunday, 23 September 2018 8:37:37 AM AEST Anthony Towns via linux-aus 
> wrote:
> # ] Conduct. One of them is Ted Tso, who was banned from Linux Conf
> # ] Australia for questioning rape statistics on the conference mailing
>> If LCA had a policy of not accepting talks from employees of Google and
>> then used your language to justify it was not a "ban" they would look
>> ridiculous.
> If someone claimed that Google employees had been banned then they would look 
> ridiculous if it turned out that Google employees just hadn't made lecture 
> offers that are sufficiently interesting.
>> Separately from that there may be a policy that registrations from him
>> will not be accepted or even one that the Police (etc) will be called if
>> he is seen at the venue. This could be justified under a reasoning that
>> some other attendees would feel unsafe if he is around.
>> Note: I am not aware if any such policy is in place nor if Ted has
>> submitted proposals, attempted to register or attended LCA since 2011.
> Ted, have you ever been banned from an LCA?
> Have you been told that lecture offers from you will not be accepted?
> Have you made offers of lectures at LCA that have been rejected since LCA 
> 2011?  If so do you think that other people just made offers that seemed more 
> interesting or do you think there is a policy to blacklist you?

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