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GitHub implements policies to please social justice warriors

GitHub is the most popular central repository for open-source projects in the world. They also just implemented a ridiculous terms of use. These highlights seem like parody, but they’re dead serious.

Harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “hug” or “backrub”) without consent or after a request to stop
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes deadnaming or persistently using a pronoun that does not correctly reflect a person’s gender identity. You must address people by the name they give you when not addressing them by their username or handle

Remember that misgendering is real, and it’s dangerous. Also:

We will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

They also recently removed a repository for having the word “retard” in the code, which seems to be contrary to the spirit of open-source software. Check out GitLab if you’re looking for a good alternative that hasn’t kowtowed to ideological fanatics.

I’m glad these kind of overplayed hands keep happening. The media isn’t going to report on what a joke it is, but it’s going to make more conservatives than the Koch brothers could ever hope to.

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