• Dan Cook

    Dan Cook

    2 years ago
    There was a recent post linking to a Christopher Alexander video (Designing with forces) that I can't find. Can anyone point me to it? @Kartik Agaram, did you pick up on it?
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    Ivan Reese

    2 years ago
    There was a recent post here in the Slack that included the following:
    The reason Steve Jobs is a legend in product development is because he had the cojones to order a million units of his products before he knew if it was going to be popular.
    I'm personally uncomfortable with "had the cojones". I'd like to discourage the use of that sort of casual gendered language here in the community. At the risk of starting another turbulent thread, I'd love input on: (A) How you feel about this sort of language. Is it inappropriate here? Is it truly inoffensive and would cause no harm? (B) If someone posts something that does toe up to the line, something that is very slightly offensive but not so much so as to warrant a banning or even deletion of the post, what action should I take as a moderator? Let's say I ask the person privately to change the message to use a better wording like, "had the guts". What should I do if they don't make that change?
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    Ivan Reese

    2 years ago
    I have banned Edward from the community. He received a final warning, and directly counteracted it. He knows that I am sharing this news here (edit: and gave me permission to do so). Since I took over as steward last winter, I've received about a dozen complaints from different people about him, including two in the past week. He's the only person I've ever received these sorts of complaints about. The nature of the complaints varied, but in general people felt that he was exceedingly negative, and insensitive to the ideas of others here. That's not sufficient grounds to be banned, but it is certainly not in line with the supportive, welcoming, collaborative spirit that our community should foster. I also received complaints about the way he discussed the issue of gender diversity. Again, not grounds to be banned, but a big red flag. As early as February, I tried to work with him in an attempt to help him be a more positive presence here. I've spent hours discussing with him, in public and private, how his behaviour here made people feel unwelcome, and how some of the things he said were unacceptably regressive. I tried to work with him, at first (months ago) asking him to be more careful when he talks about women in tech, and more recently asking him to change messages or avoid certain subjects. He has not once shown any kind of acknowledgment of the substance of my concerns. When I made specific requests, he ignored them, or responded with counter-accusations, pettiness, disrespect, or distraction (in ways that I won't detail, out of respect for his privacy). After yet another person messaged me today saying he made them want to leave the community, I issued a final warning to Edward: stop posting entirely, and just lurk, or else you will be banned. He ignored that as well, and continued posting. Please feel free to discuss this action in the thread for this message, or to DM me about this. I've talked with a lot of you about Edward already in various capacities, so I'm sure this doesn't come as a surprise. Still, I would love to learn from this and avoid ending up in this situation ever again.
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    S.M Mukarram Nainar

    2 years ago
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  • Dan Cook

    Dan Cook

    2 years ago
    How are people using the reaction? What does it signify?
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    Felix Kohlgrüber
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  • Duncan Cragg

    Duncan Cragg

    2 years ago
    Hot news! Slack now allow you to make the thread panel bigger than the main column! I'm typing right now on a scrunched main column looking at a thread that's over 50% of the screen! Is there no end to the innovation pouring out of Slack HQ??
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  • Nick Smith

    Nick Smith

    2 years ago
    I'm kind of wishing we had a #links channel separate to #general, so we can separate threads that are initiated from a community member's own independent thoughts from those that are prompted by external media consumption. Or maybe it's better phrased as a distinction between #ideation and #references. We seem to have so much more of the latter in #general.
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  • Orion Reed

    Orion Reed

    2 years ago
    What’s the status on building a more permanent, structured, organised place for us all to build our knowledge? I’ve seen wikis mentioned, and I’m sure there are many options. The potential value is obvious and immense, moving from a stream of great discussion towards actually building on knowledge and ideas in a more permanent way. Would anyone with the knowledge be willing to collate some of the previous discussions? I’m not having much luck finding them
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    Mariano Guerra
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    Ivan Reese

    2 years ago
    Did anyone here ever use the #1-on-1s channel? For some reason, the Slack App that powered it (Donut) seems to have stopped working. I took a look the Donut site, and it seems we're well past the limit of the free tier. I never used the #1-on-1s channel. If anyone would like to revive it, or set up some similar alternative, that'd be great. Otherwise, I think we should close the #1-on-1s channel.
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    Cole
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    Ivan Reese

    2 years ago
    Hey bikeshed painters! Help me decide what syntax to use when I "move" a message from one place to another (typically, to stitch together two separate threads, or fix issues where someone accidentally posts to the wrong spot.) Here's an example. So in that example, I've added..
    [moved message, originally by @username]
    Is that wording good enough? Is there better wording I could use?
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    Dan Cook
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