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Monday, August 17 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
How to Thoroughly Insult and Offend People in Your Open Source Communities, or “Your #$%@ $%@&ing Sucks and I $%@&ing Hate It' - Gina Likins, Red Hat

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The tone and tenor of community conversations is a large part of whether a community succeeds, yet that’s a hard concept to model and understand. We’ll use the “Defcon Insult Scale for CONversations", or DIScon, which ranks responses from mildly insulting to abusive, to examine and classify key signifiers of uncivil behavior. Moving on, we'll tackle more subtle forms of riling folks up (ways you can assume ignorance, belittle people, and/or just be condescending).

Once we’ve examined “high DIScon” situations, we’ll talk about why they make for unpleasant communities, and why that’s bad. At this point it’s not uncommon for a host of objections to be raised, so we'll "debunk" some of those together.

Finally, we'll look at steps we can take to reduce the “DIScon level” of our communities and why that's critical for FOSS's survival.

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Gina Likins

University Outreach, Open Source & Standards, Red Hat
Gina Likins has been working in internet strategy for more than 20 years, participating in online communities for nearly 25, and working in open source for more than three. She's passionate about finding ways to help our open source communities thrive and be more welcoming for everyone... Read More →

Monday August 17, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm PDT

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