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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 his though...

 Zachary Lee Andrews

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