I guess it is.
The guy that complains is guest.
He is welcome to learn, to become one of us (or even weirder under his own favourite dimension!), to challenge our opinions, to argue about basically anything technical we say.
But if he feel bad with who we ARE, banning him is the only thing we can do to protect him from our weirdness AND ourselves from his #conformism.
Goes without saying, I would NOT protect a violent #hacker from Law, and I would actually denounce him without thinking twice.
Now the guy that complains about the weird (but pacific and not violent) behaviour of an attender at an hacker conference shows beyond any doubt that he is not a #hacker.
He might be curious about the conference, he is welcome, but he is a guess in a hacker space.
If he doesn't feel good with such weird people it's better for him to leave. The same for all other people who think they went to a corporate workshop.
If you think about it for a moment, there is no real alternative.
But it's not so.
I want to share my knowledge because I think that it's actually useful to people and democracy in itself.
#Democracy cannot work if people can be easily manipulated.
And you cannot manipulate a #hacker.
There's much, much more. 😉
Free Software and OSS overlap when in comes to licenses and that's why they are often confused, but they are pretty different beasts than Linux.
For example OSS might put little entry barriers such as compilation complexity or weird licenses to prevent other from forking.
Can you marginalize the majority?
Hackers like me, but more evidently weird, are constantly marginalized or attacked at conferences because of their weirdness.
Because many #hackers are weird.
I do not look THAT weird IRL, but you see how mainstream people find me weird anyway.
If I have to choose between humiliating an #hacker or ban a mainstreamer that is annoyed by his lack of respect for a technical conference, I have no doubt.
I would't write "be drunk" in a CoC.
Nor I'd force anyone to be weird.
But weird people are welcome to me.
There is NOTHING in the CoC I've seen that I wouldn't obide to if not given a code of conduct. Tbh, I'd have to make violence to myself to violate them.
That's why I can't go to a event so managed.
Because, you see, I'm a #hacker.
I'm weird on weird dimensions.
But I refuse to join an event or a project that would exclude, on principle, a less fortunate hacker, as #TerryADavis.
Unfortunately, due to his disease he couldn't have attended at any OSS event with a CoC.
As for me... I named my OS after an heretic so your anathema can't touch me! :-P
I don't have any problem with this approach and these opinions and share some of them.
I'm not a genius.
But I'm pretty good at making people understand what I mean!
And I'm not a jerk.
I'm just a person from another culture, with another history, and a different perspective.
To me, our differences are precious, because we can learn from each other, challenging each other's assumptions.
So I won't blame you if you feel safer to block me.
Launch is yet to be announced. I'll keep you updated!
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At the #hacker farm at kozuka, 2h drive south of tokyo. Quite some space, lots of equipment. Doing agriculture workshops. Lovely people, international crowd.
Apparently the countryside is going empty in japan and getting space to use for free or cheap (sometimes even negative money) is quite possible. Lots of options for people who don't mind being more remote.
Hoy, nuestro Sábado de Comunes:
During the second lesson of "Informatica Elementare" (Elementary Informatics) the kids asked me what a #hacker is.
I told: "Nothing interesting... I am a hacker".
They were all: WHAT?
Them: "Someone who want to know everything about other people?"
Me: "No, that's a blabbermouth.
Hackers don't care about what others think or do. They strive to learn how to do the impossible."