[ubuntu-uk] Code of conduct (was For 'women' read 'newbs')

Pete Ryland pdr at pdr.cx
Tue Mar 20 15:23:57 GMT 2007

On 20/03/07, Tony Arnold <tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk> wrote:
> Caroline Ford wrote:
> > On Mon, 2007-03-19 at 13:23 +0000, TheVeech wrote:
> >> (crap snipped)
> >>
> >> The Lord replied: 'You want two lanes or four on that bridge?'
> >>
> >
> > That posting is in breach of the Ubuntu code of conduct.
> > http://www.ubuntu.com/community/conduct
> I've just read the code (again) and I don't see which bit of it is being
> breached?

It is offensive.  The joke's premise is based on the (untrue)
generalisation that all women are unfathomable.  This suggests that
every single woman is irrational and behaves in a non-deterministic
way.  In my experience, this is most certainly not true of all women,
and indeed a lot of men too share these attributes.  It should be very
easy to see that any suggestion that all men are rational and all
women are irrational may cause offence to those at the sharp end of
the joke.

In any case, it wasn't even funny, and was remarkably off topic.


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