* Adria Richards was an attendee at PyCon, a tech conference, as part of her job as a developer evangelist at Sendgrid, a tech company that manages emails.
* She took offense to a conversation two men, also developers for a company called Play Haven, were having behind her during the conference, in which they referenced “dongles” and “forking”. Both of these are tech terms, they were construed to be used sexually on Adria’s part.
* Without ever mentioning her offense to the men, she took their picture, posted it to twitter and asked PyCon to do something about it.
* Play Haven fired one of the developers.
* Then the internet blew up.
And the final part, Adria Richards herself has been fired from her company (Sendgrid) as well.
The story is overall interesting to me because it strikes very many veins. "The internet blew up" speaks about Adria Richard's twitter feed, where she's getting the full 4chan treatment. It has sparked many discussions on the role of gender on the internet. You've got the Python community wrapped up in 4Chan trolling and Anonymous. It unfortunately demonstrates the effectiveness of DDOS attacks and Cyberbullying, because Adria Richards has basically lost her job because of the whole thing. (Granted, Adria Richard's job is basically People Relations. And an angry crowd of people demonstrates poor PR skills in some form...). The manner of the cyberbullying has been derided as gender-charged insults, among other things.
Even the good things of this story get twisted into gender-charged flamewars. There is a very sincere apology by the guy who originally made the "dongle" joke, https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5398681, and the resulting flamewar with people taking sides on "you should apologize" or "you shouldn't have apologized".
There's the official Python code of conduct at conventions changing because of this event: https://github.com/python/pycon-code-of ... dfb7ab18b1
And... basically a ton of people in the blogosphere talking about it.
http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-dong ... f-control/
http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/21/break ... n-twitter/
http://www.dailydot.com/news/adria-rich ... -backlash/
On the one hand, I'd rather dismiss this incident as simple Internet Drama and leave it at that. However, it strikes a strong cord with the internet community, perhaps because of the combination of issues wrapped up in it.