[Noisebridge-discuss] Don't make me turn this hackerspace around

Praveen Sinha dmhomee at gmail.com
Wed Mar 19 22:37:34 UTC 2014


nb-discuss has had many many long threads on lots of contentious issues at
noisebridge whether it's sleeping or mercury.

The discussions on race and gender bring up lots of feelings in people, but
honestly moderating out these discussions as being somehow "off-topic" are,
I feel, part and parcel of systemic discrimination in the tech industry,
whether it happens in open source forums.  This thread may have been a free
for all, but it's also confronting very real issues under the surface at NB.

I for one would really appreciate an explanation of why you chose to shut
the list down.

Thanks for your work,

On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM, Tom Lowenthal <me at tomlowenthal.com> wrote:

> I have taken the list out of general moderation. You are free to go
> about your business.
> This is not your moment to get the last word in on yesterday's
> arguments. I will individually moderate folks who rekindle those
> discussions.
> Hugs,
> -Tom
> On 18 March 2014 14:40, Tom Lowenthal <me at tomlowenthal.com> wrote:
> > Hi hackers,
> >
> > In my new apparent role as Noisebridge's fascist dictator, I have put
> > the discussion list on moderation. This means that nobody gets to
> > post. This'll last for a few hours or until one of the other
> > moderators decides to revert it.
> >
> > Consider yourselves in "time out". I want everyone to think very hard
> > about what they've done.
> >
> > Kisses,
> > -Tom
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