- YAPC::NA 2013 Will Not Enforce Its Code Of Conduct
- YAPC::NA 2012 – This Has All Happened Before And Will Happen Again
A lot of people, when they see a public post like mine about harassment, they assume it’s the first and only incident.
Going public is seen as, let’s see what I’ve gotten so far… “hypersensitivity”, “sensationalism”, “tempest in a teapot”, “a manifesto”. What they don’t realize is it’s usually a latest (but unlikely last) in a long chain of small and large incidents. The reporter usually tried to get involved via normal channels, and were rejected. They tried to alert others and to affect reform, and were probably told it wasn’t a problem or that they should do more themselves. After that they probably withdrew quietly. By this point all community systems have failed me. Taking an incident to the court of public opinion is the last, most dangerous and most exhausting option. I risk not only the ire of the community, but of the whole internet, with the added issues which come with making a complaint public.
If you think I’m over reacting, or that I should just calm down, then let me tell about the time YAPC::NA 2012 harassed their keynote speaker for trying to discuss the Code Of Conduct.