Re: Update on Off-Topic Content On This List
On Sat, 3 Apr 2021, John Goerzen wrote:
The conduct of Christoph Lohmann has been reported to the Debian listmasters.
They have placed an 8-week ban on him on this list.
I would anticipate similar treatment for any of his sockpuppet accounts or
others engaging in that kind of behavior, or him if he returns to the same
behavior after his ban.
If any of you observe other questionable content, please feel free to contact
me off-list and I can assist with reporting to the listmasters (or make the
report myself). I want this to be an ethical and welcoming community, and
pledge to be an ally to anyone that wants to keep it that way. You may also
contact the Debian listmasters directly.
This list is about Gopher and related technologies (Gemini, etc.). It is not
a forum to advance political, racist, or sexist goals. It is not a forum for
sharing jokes, particularly un-welcoming ones.
I have been online long enough to see trolls and other poisonous people use
the tired "it's just a joke; lighten up" line (and the related ones we've
seen here lately) many more times than I care to. I will not fall for it and
neither will the Debian listmasters.
Free Software is about making the world a better place, about treating all
humans ethically, about respect for users and developers. Racism and sexism
are counter to these goals, and people that are spreading racist or sexist
material using Free Software communities are no friends to Free Software. If
you do not understand how your own behavior is harming the cause and are open
to learning, you may contact me off-list.
Thank for taking care of this issue. I hope that Christoph and others on
the list will use this as a teachable moment and realize that crass
behavior in a public forum has consequences. Racism and sexism should be
canceled post haste.
Christoph has good things for gopher in the past, and I hope he'll do some
more after his ban expires. Decades from now, I'd like to see him
remembered as ``one of those guys who kept gopher running" rather than
"that guy who wouldn't stop with the racist jokes"... Choice is totally
Zachary Lee Andrews