Who made the law?

Denny 2012 at denny.me
Fri Aug 31 20:11:04 BST 2012

On Fri, 2012-08-31 at 19:10 +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
> On 31/08/2012 11:54, Mark Fowler wrote:
> => Q. Won't publishing a code of conduct indicate that there's a problem?
> > That London.pm is the kind of place where such a conduct occurs?
> > 
> > A. I'm afraid, through no fault of its own, London.pm _already_ has that
> > image to _outsiders_ that do not have experience of the community
> > directly. This, sadly, is because IT communities at large have gained
>> this reputation.
> This is like saying that women walking home at night should carry
> placards saying "I'm not a prostitute" just because some dumb bastards
> might think that because some women who are out on the street at night
> are hookers they all are.

No it's not.

Mark is talking about an actual existing perception caused by widely
prevalent behaviour in the larger IT community/industry (don't make me
post links to the sites that collect endless stories of this stuff, you
know it happens).  You're talking about a hypothetical perception caused
by the behaviour of a very small minority.

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