[Python-ideas] CoC violation

Rhodri James rhodri at kynesim.co.uk
Fri Sep 21 09:13:18 EDT 2018

On 20/09/18 19:56, Brett Cannon wrote:
> Based on the WG's recommendation and after discussing it with Titus, the
> decision has been made to ban Jacco from python-ideas. Trivializing
> assault, using the n-word, and making inappropriate comments about
> someone's mental stability are all uncalled for and entirely unnecessary to
> carry on a reasonable discourse of conversation that remains welcoming to
> others.

Not a challenge to the ban in any way, but I feel the need to repeat 
what I said about banning words.  The moment you create that taboo, you 
give the word power.  That's the exact opposite of what you want to do. 
It's the intent with which the word is used that matters.  I've heard 
all sorts of words used as insults -- "special", anyone? -- and many of 
the same words used innocently or affectionately.

Banning bad or insulting behaviour is fine.  Banning words is a bad path 
to go down.

Rhodri James *-* Kynesim Ltd

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