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PyCon attendee and exhibitor employee Adria Richards [http://butyoureagirl.com/14015/forking-and-dongle-jokes-dont-belong-at-tech-conferences/ reported inappropriate behaviour to PyCon organisers] and "publicly called out" the attendees [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464 on twitter], including a photo of the attendees in question.
 
PyCon attendee and exhibitor employee Adria Richards [http://butyoureagirl.com/14015/forking-and-dongle-jokes-dont-belong-at-tech-conferences/ reported inappropriate behaviour to PyCon organisers] and "publicly called out" the attendees [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464 on twitter], including a photo of the attendees in question.
   
PyCon organizers spoke with the attendees and [http://pycon.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/pycon-response-to-inappropriate.html issued them with a warning] but did not expel them or take other action. One of the attendees, "mr-hank" on Hacker News, [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5404365 confirmed] PyCon's actions and reports that he left the conference of his own accord. He also stated that he was subsequently let go by his employer, and that the forking part of the incident was fabricated my Adria.
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PyCon organizers spoke with the attendees and [http://pycon.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/pycon-response-to-inappropriate.html issued them with a warning] but did not expel them or take other action. One of the attendees, "mr-hank" on Hacker News, [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5404365 confirmed] PyCon's actions and reports that he left the conference of his own accord. He also stated that he was subsequently let go by his employer, and [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5398681 claimed] that his comments on "forking" were not intended to be sexual in nature.
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==Responses==
 
==Responses==
*[https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5398681 mr-hank reports in detail on his and Adria's actions from his perspective]
 
 
*[http://smallstarsblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/its-only-been-a-year-or-so/ "It’s only been a year or so…"] by dnoller, Jesse Noller's wife. She talks about the incident.
 
*[http://smallstarsblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/its-only-been-a-year-or-so/ "It’s only been a year or so…"] by dnoller, Jesse Noller's wife. She talks about the incident.
   

Revision as of 17:18, 21 March 2013

PyCon 2013 was held in Santa Clara in March 2013. The conference had a code of conduct in place (as did PyCon 2012, and the Python Software Foundation now requires it of their conferences).

PyCon attendee and exhibitor employee Adria Richards reported inappropriate behaviour to PyCon organisers and "publicly called out" the attendees on twitter, including a photo of the attendees in question.

PyCon organizers spoke with the attendees and issued them with a warning but did not expel them or take other action. One of the attendees, "mr-hank" on Hacker News, confirmed PyCon's actions and reports that he left the conference of his own accord. He also stated that he was subsequently let go by his employer, and claimed that his comments on "forking" were not intended to be sexual in nature.


Responses

Backlash

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MORE INFO WANTED re reports of the incident on 4chan, Reddit and Hacker News and resulting backlash. This may be worth its own page.

  • Racial slurs: a Twitter user (NOT involved) stated that other Twitter users were tweeting racial slurs to Richards.
  • Threats of violence:
  • DDOS: SendGrid, Adria's employer, was DDOSed. An unattributed paste claims that Anonymous has obtained SendGrid's client list and initiated a campaign of harassment against SendGrid and others to whom they have financial ties.
  • On 21 Mar, Adria was let go from her employer, SendGrid, which they announced on twitter and via Facebook:

    Effective immediately, SendGrid has terminated the employment of Adria Richards. While we generally are sensitive and confidential with respect to employee matters, the situation has taken on a public nature. We have taken action that we believe is in the overall best interests of SendGrid, its employees, and our customers. As we continue to process the vast amount of information, we will post something more comprehensive.

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