[Foundation-l] Global ban - poetlister?

Sarah slimvirgin at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 05:02:07 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 20:36, Thomas Morton
<morton.thomas at googlemail.com> wrote:
> ... And the answer is twofold; firstly it is an assertion of independence. But
> mostly it seems to be due to a lack of clear communication between projects
> as to what abuse has occurred that merits such strong response. We need to
> detail that abuse in a dispassionate and public way for all of the projects
> to note and understand. I doubt anyone would really support the guy were all
> of the detail revealed in one place.

Thomas, lack of communication wasn't really the issue. Even after the
abuse was widely known, the ArbCom unblocked him. The truth is that we
had an extreme empathy failure as a community for the people who were
being attacked, accompanied by a bending over backwards to assume good
faith of the troublemaker. This happens much less than it used to, but
it does still happen. Poetlister was extremely good at exploiting that
tendency. That's the long and short of it.

The one good thing that could come of it is that we recognize in
future when we're doing it again, but that will only happen if we
remember and discuss it, and try to heal the divisions he caused or
made worse.


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