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PyCon 2013 was held in Santa Clara in March 2013. The conference had a [https://us.pycon.org/2013/about/code-of-conduct/ code of conduct] in place (as did PyCon 2012, and the Python Software Foundation [http://pyfound.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/psf-moves-to-require-code-of-conduct.html now requires it] of their conferences).
 
PyCon 2013 was held in Santa Clara in March 2013. The conference had a [https://us.pycon.org/2013/about/code-of-conduct/ code of conduct] in place (as did PyCon 2012, and the Python Software Foundation [http://pyfound.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/psf-moves-to-require-code-of-conduct.html now requires it] of their conferences).
   
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] publicly [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464 via twitter], including a photo of the attendees in question:
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PyCon attendee and exhibitor employee Adria Richards publicly shamed and [http://butyoureagirl.com/14015/forking-and-dongle-jokes-dont-belong-at-tech-conferences/ reported inappropriate behaviour to PyCon organisers] publicly [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464 via twitter], including a photo of the attendees in question:
   
 
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''Yesterday, I publicly called out a group of guys at the PyCon conference who were not being respectful to the community. ...''
 
''Yesterday, I publicly called out a group of guys at the PyCon conference who were not being respectful to the community. ...''
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''I tweeted a photo of the guys behind me: [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464/ Not cool. Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and “big” dongles. Right behind me #pycon]''
 
''I tweeted a photo of the guys behind me: [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313417655879102464/ Not cool. Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and “big” dongles. Right behind me #pycon]''
   
 
''I publicly asked for help with addressing the problem: [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313418201641922560/ Can someone talk to these guys about their conduct? I’m in lightning talks, top right near stage, 10 rows back #pycon]''
 
''I publicly asked for help with addressing the problem: [https://twitter.com/adriarichards/status/313418201641922560/ Can someone talk to these guys about their conduct? I’m in lightning talks, top right near stage, 10 rows back #pycon]''
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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, "[https://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=mr-hank mr-hank]" on Hacker News, endorsed both [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5404365 PyCon's actions] and [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5398681 Adria's decision to report his comments to staff] and verified that no sanctions were imposed by PyCon. He also stated that he was let go by his employer -- later confirmed in [http://blog.playhaven.com/addressing-pycon/ a blog post from them] -- 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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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, "[https://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=mr-hank mr-hank]" on Hacker News, endorsed both [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5404365 PyCon's actions] and [https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5398681 Adria's decision to report his comments to staff] and verified that no sanctions were imposed by PyCon. He also stated that he was let go by his employer -- later confirmed in [http://blog.playhaven.com/addressing-pycon/ a blog post from them] -- 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==
 
*[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.
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* [http://kaberett.dreamwidth.org/106874.html On PyCon, SendGrid, and sexism: a linkspam with commentary] by kaberett
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* [http://griffin.oobleyboo.com/archive/on-pycon2013-and-equality/ On PyCon2013 and Equality] by Jason Stirk
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* [http://jamesarosen.com/post/45900702149/on-pycon-sexism-and-responsibilities On PyCon, Sexism, and Responsibilities] by James A. Rosen
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* [https://plus.google.com/104757475552569715504/posts/N81SaYUT5xG "Good for +Adria Richards for speaking up about inappropriate humor..."]  by Avdi Grimm
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* [http://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/ Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost] by Amanda Blum
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** [http://www.redlightpolitics.info/post/45985348526/let-me-get-this-out-of-the-way-i-dont-like-adria Response to the above post] stating that the [[Tone argument]] is being applied to Richards' actions, even by apparently supportive parties, because she is Black
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** [http://wearytravelermusings.blogspot.ca/2013/03/some-of-us-are-brave-honest-transparent.html Some Of Us Are Brave, Honest, & Transparent: The Adria Richards Edition] by Robert Mitchell: ''"The real issue isn't that Richards named and shamed two people. The real issue here is that Richards made foes along the way and those foes smell blood"''
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** [http://www.technologywoman.com/2013/03/24/digging-beneath-the-surface-that-amanda-blum-article-on-adria-richards-is-not-what-it-seems/ Digging Beneath the Surface: That Amanda Blum Article on Adria Richards is Not What It Seems] - Gayle L. McDowell finds that Blum's assessment of Richards' personality is not backed up by an impartial review of the evidence
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* [http://howtomakelightning.com/on-the-pycon-incident On the Pycon Incident] by D. Keith Robinson
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* [http://web.archive.org/20130416203612/chriszf.posterous.com/apparently-were-not-ready-to-be-adults-about Apparently We're Not Ready to Be Adults About Anything] - chriszf's posterous
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* [http://subfictional.com/2013/03/22/bold-ideas-uttered-publicly Bold Ideas Uttered Publicly] - Christie Koehler
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* [http://danialexis.tumblr.com/post/45999134849/how-adria-richards-spoke-for-me How Adria Richards Spoke for Me] - Dani Alexis
   
 
==Backlash==
 
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*Threats of violence:
 
*Threats of violence:
 
** a Twitter user (NOT involved) [https://twitter.com/senvara/status/314521996367114241 paraphrased threats of violence] towards Richards which were [https://twitter.com/senvara/status/314523739524055042 apparently later deleted by Hacker News].
 
** a Twitter user (NOT involved) [https://twitter.com/senvara/status/314521996367114241 paraphrased threats of violence] towards Richards which were [https://twitter.com/senvara/status/314523739524055042 apparently later deleted by Hacker News].
** Adria's home address was posted on twitter, along with a death threat and a grisly photoshopped image. ('''severe trigger warning''': [http://www.dailydot.com/news/adria-richards-fired-sendgrid-violent-backlash/ news report]; [https://twitter.com/Kash04i20/status/31449790821920358 original tweet]; account has been suspended)
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** Adria's home address was posted on twitter, along with a death threat and a grisly photoshopped image. ('''severe trigger warning''': [http://www.dailydot.com/news/adria-richards-fired-sendgrid-violent-backlash/ news report]; [https://twitter.com/Kash04i20/status/31449790821920358 original tweet]; account has been suspended)
*DDOS: SendGrid, Adria's employer, [http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/21/sendgrid-under-ddos-attack-after-its-developer-evangelist-complains-about-sexual-jokes-at-pycon/ was DDOSed]. An [http://pastebin.com/ubmznGhn 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.
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*DDOS: SendGrid, Richards employer, [http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/21/sendgrid-under-ddos-attack-after-its-developer-evangelist-complains-about-sexual-jokes-at-pycon/ was DDOSed]. An [http://pastebin.com/ubmznGhn 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. SendGrid later [http://support.sendgrid.com/entries/23417077-21-Mar-Website-Down-Refusing-Mail reports on the downtime], categorically denying that there was any breach of customer data.
* On 21 Mar, Adria was let go from her employer, SendGrid, which they announced [https://twitter.com/SendGrid/status/314768776577036288 on twitter] and [https://www.facebook.com/SendGrid/posts/10151502570463967 via Facebook]:<blockquote>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.</blockquote>
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* Dismissal: On 21 Mar, SendGrid announced on their [http://blog.sendgrid.com/sendgrid-statement/ blog], [https://twitter.com/SendGrid/status/314768776577036288 twitter account], and [https://www.facebook.com/SendGrid/posts/10151502570463967 Facebook page] that Richards had been fired. They follow up with a [http://blog.sendgrid.com/a-difficult-situation/ second blog post] about the "Difficult Situation":
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::: ''On Sunday at PyCon, Adria Richards felt comments made behind her during a conference session were inappropriate and of an offensive, sexual nature. We understand that Adria believed the conduct to be inappropriate and support her right to report the incident to PyCon personnel. To be clear, SendGrid supports the right to report inappropriate behavior, whenever and wherever it occurs. What we do not support was how she reported the conduct. Her decision to tweet the comments and photographs of the people who made the comments crossed the line. ...''
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::: ''A SendGrid developer evangelist’s responsibility is to build and strengthen our Developer Community across the globe. In light of the events over the last 48+ hours, it has become obvious that her actions have strongly divided the same community she was supposed to unite. As a result, she can no longer be effective in her role at SendGrid.''
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::: ''In the end, the consequences that resulted from how she reported the conduct put our business in danger. Our commitment to our 130 employees, their families, our community members and our more than 130,000 valued customers is our primary concern.''
   
 
==Media Coverage==
 
==Media Coverage==
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* [http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/21/breaking-adria-richards-fired-by-sendgrid-for-outting-developers-on-twitter/ "Adria Richards fired by SendGrid for calling out developers on Twitter] from ''Venture Beat''
 
* http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/20/playhaven-developer-fired-for-making-sexual-jokes-after-sendgrids-developer-evangelist-outs-him-on-twitter/
 
 
* [http://www.dailydot.com/society/pycon-dongle-joke-misogyny-sexism-adria-richards/ Daily Dot: 'How a "big dongle" joke brought out the worst of the Internet']
 
* [http://www.dailydot.com/society/pycon-dongle-joke-misogyny-sexism-adria-richards/ Daily Dot: 'How a "big dongle" joke brought out the worst of the Internet']
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* [http://www.feministe.us/blog/archives/2013/03/21/standing-with-adria/ Feministe: Standing with Adria]
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* [http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/03/21/sexism-public-shaming-via-twitter-leads-to-two-people-getting-fired-including-the-shamer/ 'Sexism' Public-Shaming Via Twitter Leads To Two People Getting Fired (Including The Shamer) - Forbes]
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* [http://mashable.com/2013/03/21/sendgrid-fires-adria-richards/ SendGrid Fires Company Evangelist After Twitter Fracas] - Mashable
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* [http://www.forbes.com/sites/deannazandt/2013/03/22/why-asking-what-adria-richards-could-have-done-differently-is-the-wrong-question/ Why Asking What Adria Richards Could Have Done Differently Is The Wrong Question] - Forbes
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* [http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Rachel-Sklar-The-Firing-Of-Adria-Richards-Looks-4376602.php The Firing Of Adria Richards Looks Like Kneejerk Appeasement To The Troll Armies] - Rachel Sklar writing for SFGate
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* [http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/03/25/adria_richards_her_firing_online_harassment_show_how_sexual_harassment_endures.html Adria Richards' Story Shows How Sexual Harassment Endures in Tech Community] - Valerie Aurora in Slate
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* [http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/03/richards-affair-and-misogyny-in-tech/ Donglegate: Why the tech community hates feminists]
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* "[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/21/internet-shaming-lindsey-stone-jon-ronson 'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone]" (The Guardian) has a section about the incident interviewing both sides about the incident and the aftermath.
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== Richards' reaction ==
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* On 27 March, 10 days after the original incident, Richard issued [http://allthingsd.com/20130327/fired-sendgrid-developer-evangelist-adria-richards-speaks-out/ a statement of her own], calling for dialog to address the problems surrounding diversity in tech.
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== See also==
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Latest revision as of 16:17, 14 July 2016

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 publicly shamed and reported inappropriate behaviour to PyCon organisers publicly via twitter, including a photo of the attendees in question:

Yesterday, I publicly called out a group of guys at the PyCon conference who were not being respectful to the community. ...



I tweeted a photo of the guys behind me: Not cool. Jokes about forking repo’s in a sexual way and “big” dongles. Right behind me #pycon

I publicly asked for help with addressing the problem: Can someone talk to these guys about their conduct? I’m in lightning talks, top right near stage, 10 rows back #pycon




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, endorsed both PyCon's actions and Adria's decision to report his comments to staff and verified that no sanctions were imposed by PyCon. He also stated that he was let go by his employer -- later confirmed in a blog post from them -- and claimed that his comments on "forking" were not intended to be sexual in nature.



Responses

Backlash

TRIGGER WARNING This article or section, or pages it links to, contains information about sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.

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

On Sunday at PyCon, Adria Richards felt comments made behind her during a conference session were inappropriate and of an offensive, sexual nature. We understand that Adria believed the conduct to be inappropriate and support her right to report the incident to PyCon personnel. To be clear, SendGrid supports the right to report inappropriate behavior, whenever and wherever it occurs. What we do not support was how she reported the conduct. Her decision to tweet the comments and photographs of the people who made the comments crossed the line. ...
A SendGrid developer evangelist’s responsibility is to build and strengthen our Developer Community across the globe. In light of the events over the last 48+ hours, it has become obvious that her actions have strongly divided the same community she was supposed to unite. As a result, she can no longer be effective in her role at SendGrid.
In the end, the consequences that resulted from how she reported the conduct put our business in danger. Our commitment to our 130 employees, their families, our community members and our more than 130,000 valued customers is our primary concern.

Media Coverage

Richards' reaction

  • On 27 March, 10 days after the original incident, Richard issued a statement of her own, calling for dialog to address the problems surrounding diversity in tech.


See also

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