Debian's Freenode IRC channels
I'm primarily an Ubuntu user, but I've run Debian in various places on
my home network for over a year, and what is currently my home server
has been exclusively Debian for about a year now.
As part of my NY Resolutions, I decided it was time to get more involved
in Debian, which involves hanging out in Debian channels more. Apart
from rejoining the OFTC Debian channels, I also joined the Freenode ones
since they are still the more populous. The channels I joined included
#debian-offtopic - a 'secret' channel which they freely redirect
offtopic conversation to if they are asked for an offtopic channel.
I am starting to wish I had not.
Aside from the channels in general being more hostile which I knew to
expect, I find a complete disregard for decency towards women. From just
a week in #debian on freenode, greps for 'girl' and 'women have some
really degrading comments: http://pastebin.ca/LfFsZYkV (encrypted post,
I've only been in the offtopic channel since the 8th, but already I have
collected: http://pastebin.ca/RiF2KwdQ (encrypted post, password: offtopic)
The bottom 3 lines in the offtopic pastebin are pertaining to a
conversation I tried to have just before (http://pastebin.ca/BewJbhLq
encrypted, password: convo), after seeing
<simonrvn> @be $1 barbie is <reply>AAAAW! $1 is too HARD! let's go shopping!
<ravenbird> simonrvn: okay
<simonrvn> @be ssh barbie
<ravenbird> AAAAW! ssh is too HARD! let's go shopping!
followed by discussion of and links to NSFW stuff.
As an active Ubuntu-Women member, I've many times been told to come to
Debian and the Debian-Women project whenever someone in Ubuntu slips up,
because D-W have had more success with the overall Debian community.
Quite frankly, I'm at a loss for what to think, because I'm not really
seeing it :(
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